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VOL. LXVn. No. 7 




jLssa s 

On the Twentieth Anniversary of Its Incorporation 










And to those Producers, Executives and Artists whose steadfast loyalty in all circumstances 
has contributed to the gratifying achievements of the Columbia organization a sincere word 

of appreciation and commendation is herebv conveyed. 

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VARIETY'S LONDON OFFICE P A R I F ^ ^ ^^ Martin'* PUce, Trafalgar Square 

2096 Regent 

Friday, July 7, 192j| 




Provincial Takings Alto Improved — Managers Lose 
' Ground for Reduced Artists' Salaries — No Relief 
from Entertainment Tax This Year 

London, July I. 

With the weather now cold and 
rainy theatrical business In London 
la ex<i>lleiit. It immediately rc- 
inovf<l the Englifh arlety man- 
agers' nasttn for a reduction by 
artists of salaries under play or pay 
contrails, with tlfat controversy 
lor the nonce quieted down, al- 
though the artists through their or- 
ganization ha«l informed the man- 
agers the latier's proposals for a 
reduction were not acceptable. 

Theatrical business in the prov- 
Snces has also improved with the 
chanKcd weather condition. If con- 
tinuing for any length of time this 
Will stimulate generally theatre ac- 
tivity in all English cities. 

The theatres will have to bear 
the entertainment tax for quite a 
"period yet. according to Tariamen- 
tary member, Mr. Wallace, of the 
financial committee. While Mr. 
"Wallace conceded the entertainment 
tax is crippling the theatrical 
world, he added there was no likeli- 
hood of it being rescinded or amend- 
ed this year, though there may be 
•ome relief next year, he added. 

The Melvilles have adjusted their 
differences and in consequence Sey- 
mour Hicks will shortly produce at 
the brothers' house, Lyceum, the 
Bairnsfather play, 'Old Bill." 
Charles B. Cochran's lease of the 
Princes expires in August. The 
Melvilles have decided to tell the 
theatre by private contract. 

Cochran is announcing the last 
week of vaudeville at the Pavilion. 
He will pr. 1 jce "Phi Phi" at that 
house August 16. 

"Eileen" closed Saturday at the 

•The Goddess," Indian play, was 
transferred Monday from the Am- 
bassador to the Duke of York's. 


Calthrop Organizing Company for 

London, June 20. 

Since the slump became general 
London managers allow the player 
to share In the profits and Ic . of 
the production. The latest man- 
ager to see this is Donald Calthrop, 
who henceforth will run the Ald- 
wych on co-operative lines. A 
company has been formed with 
Donald Calthrop and two other 
West F:nd actors at Its head. Re- 
vivals of old masterpieces and pro- 
ductions of new plays will be pro- 
seeded with. The first production 
ia scheduled for July 11. 

Among the co-operative players 
recruited are Leslie Banks, Frank 
Cellicr, C. V. France, George Elton, 
and Charles Quartermalne. Her- 
bert Jay will Join the company in 
a business capacity. 

The Actors' Association's com- 
monwealth experiment failed ap- 
parently because no one connected 
with it seemed to have any useful 
knowledge of theatres, plays or 



I have been asked for my views 
on burlesque. "How does burlesque 
appear to one looking in from the 
outside?" is the query. 

Thia question implies that I am 
an ''outsider" from the showman's 
viewpoint, notwithstanding my offi- 
cial connection with the Columbia 
Amusement Company. As a matter 
of fact auch Is the case. While 1 
have been interested in a financial 
way in a number of burlesque shows 
my activities in the affairs of the 
Columbia Amusement Company and 
Its subsidiary enterprises have been 
largely limited to the business end 
of these ventures. I take it then 
that what is wanted of me is my 
Impression and judgment of the bur- 
lesque "game" as a cold-blooded 
commercial proposition. 

My earlier connection and identi- 
fication with the Columbia Amuse- 

"flnlsh the Job.* This new house 
and the new Columbia shows "caught 
on" from the very jump off, result- 
ing In immediate financial success. 

Perhaps attracted by the way the 
Cincinnati situation had been han- 
dled the Columbia Amusement Com- 
pany people prevailed upon me to 
help them get a foothold In Louis- 
ville. The Invasion of that city 
developed a bitter fight — politics, law 
and finances again all playing a part. 
Again the promoters of this new 
theatre needed "assistance." They 
were in the fight and could not turn 
back. After more than a year's 
litigation in which the criminal as 
well as the civil law was resorted 
to, Louisville's Gnyety theatre was 
opened against all opposition. Again 
Immediate success was registered 
for both the shows and the house. 

With this kind of a start it did 

corporation's treasurership further 
suggested my availability for thlt \ 
position and a place ez-ofncio on Xh% ' 
Executive Committee of the Boar4 
of Directors. 

This briefly Is the history of my 
Identification with the Columbia 
Amusement Company and its bur« 
lesque wheel, and justifies my beinc 
regarded, inferentiklly at ^ast, aa 
"an outsider looking In." 

I have been In close touch with tha 
affairs of the Columbia Amusement 
Company and the methods of Ua 
people for upwards of ten years. In 
that time, while never regarded as a 
"showman" In the professional 
meaning of the term, 1 have been 
thrown Into intimate contact with 
managers, house and show, producers 
and performers. I Have found them 
as a class the equal in every way 
of any group of men in any o^her 
field of endeavor. 

Burlesque as developed and pi>e« 
sented by the Columbia Amusement 
Company is in my judgment one of 
the most if not the very most popu- 
lar form of theatrical entertain- 
ment While the name burlesque 


Looking for London House for Com- 
posite Production in Fall 


Cochran Trying Plan in Two Lon 
don Houses 

London, July 5. 

A i»lan of one-half price admls- 
Sli,n for matinees at two London 
theatrts has been tried by Chas. B. 

The reduced afternoon scale was 
put In at the Pavilion (vaudeville) 
and at the Oxford ("Chuckhs"). 


London. July 6. 

A London theatre is being sought 
by M. S. Bentham, the American 
agent, for the purpose of showing 
the English a composite production 
of previous "Greenwich Village 

Bentham Is acting in concert with 
John Murray Anderson, who *wiil 
produce the show over here. The 
plan is to have "The Follies" fea- 
ture Ethel Levey ant^ Nelson Key.s. 


"Shuffle Along," the colored show,, 
will open at the Palace, London, 
Sept. 19. Charles Cochrane will 
[sponsor the show In London. The 
cast will Include Sissle and Blake, 
and Miller and Lyles. M. S. Ben- 
tham arranged the London engage- 
ment in association with Albert de 

."Shuffle Along" clo>5Cs at the 63rd 
St. July 29, opening in Boston for 
four weeks July 31. 

London, July 6. 

The marriage lately of Arthur 
Hoberts, age 69, to Ada Ellen 
Wright, 29, revealed the famous 
comedian has been engaged for life 
by C. B. Cochran at an annual sal- 
ary of £1,000. 

Until recently Roberts appeared 
]d "The Fun of the Fayre," then 
running at the Pavilion. 


London, July 5. 

Sam Bernard Is spending most 
of his time watching the perform- 
ances of "Tons of Money." Tie 
American rights to it were secured 
by Charley Dillingham. 

Dillingham has engaged Bernard 
for that piece when produced for 
New York. It strikes the Ameri- 
cans around as curious, ae "Tons' 
Is a straight farce, while Bernard 
! is a typical musical comedy come- 


Paris, July 5. 

Rardou's five-act comedy. Famine 
Hrnoiton," was revived at the The- 
atre Ambigu July 3. 

The Cegale will produce the 
Vienna operetta "La Belle Polo- 
naise" shortly undor the summer 
management of Marcel Leonard. 
! The piece Is in three acts, with 
musical srore by Jean Gilbert. 


Paris, July 5, 

George BowUs, who went to Bor- 

I lin on a (lying trip intending to 

I return immodintrly, has been ue- 

layed in the German capital, a 

victim of ptomaine poisoning. 

Tie is reported recovering, but the 
date of his reappearance in Paris is 
not set. George McCarthy remains 
with him. 


Ttsltlng London are cordially invited to make use of our ofTlces for their 
mail. We uhall be pleased to and advise you respecting your songs 
and material, whether published by us^or fvotr 


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ment Company was more or less 
accidental. Perhaps it would be cor- 
rectly described as being due to a 
series of accidental happenings in 
which business, law, and finances 
played a big part. 

My first close contact with bur- 
lesque was a business proposition 
pure and simple. It grew out of the 
old Empire Circuit -C<>lumbia Amuse- 
ment Company fight. The Columbia 
Amusement Company people were 
trying to get into Cincinnati and the 
Enipi''c Circuit people were trying 
to keep them out. My friendly help 
was enlisted in behalf of the Colum- 
bia Amusement Company largely 
through Mr. Jules Hurtlg, a former 
Cincinnati.'in. I became interested 
in the old Cincinnati Vine Street 
Opera house, afterwards renamed 
the Standard theatre, in a compli- 
mentary way, to help out local 
friends. The struggle to remodel and 
reopen an old theatre that had been 
practically abandoned and had for 
years been occupied as a Salvation 
Arnriy barmcks called for more cap- 
ital than was originally figured on 
when the work was first undertaken. 
My friends dared not "quit" and 
could not "go on further." 1 helped 

not require much coaxing to inter- 
est the newly-made Cincinnati 
friends in other Columbia Amuse- 
ment Company undertakings. Balti- 
more, Washington, Toronto, Chi- 
cago and New York (Columbia) 
quickly followed one after the other, 
with Cincinnatians interested in all 
of them, so that soon certain Cin- 
cinnati people were classed among 
Columbia Amusement Company 
"backers." Out of the association 
described developed an intimacy 
that, when differences arose be- 
tween the dominating factors in the 
Columbia Amusement Company af- 
fairs, suggested me for a place on 
the Board of Directors as a neutral 
outside Influence free from old-time 
profe.<-sional alliances and align- 
ments. A subsequent vacancy in the 

wae handicapped in some localltlef 
because of a lack of proper under- 
standing of this particular class of 
amusement, the Columbia Amuse- 
ment Company has by persistent 
and consistent regulation and cen- 
sorship placed its shows and thea- 
tres in the front rank of popular 
attractions both as to performance 
and prices. The results obtained 
amply compensate for this trouble, 
with its attendant trials and sac- 

In its short history of less than 
20 years the Columbia Amusement 
Company has assembled a circuit 
of 38 theatres, modern and up-to- 
dato in every respect, spread out 
from Boston to Kansas City, and 
from Montreal to Louisville. Th» 
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Friday. July 7, 1922 



Team Proves Big Hit— Marx 

Bros. Doing Better — Gordon 

and Ford Start Poor 

London, July S. 
William and Joe Mandell went to 
a biff hit at the Finsbury Monday, 
despite that a "copy act" of their 
turn recently appeared over here. 
The copy was atoppec. through 
complaint laid against it by the 
George Foster agency. 

Gordon and Ford opened an Eng- 
lish tour last weelc at Birmingham. 

' "[fhey started badly and did not re- 
cover until Friday, when they com- 
Bienced to register strongly. 

i • ■■ The Marx Brothers at the Al- 
' hambra, London, this week are in 
their stride with the old turn, "At 
Home," and doing as well as aey 
ihave been accustomed to in the 

At the Colseum Monday Sybil 
Thorndike (English) and company 
played a condensed **La Tosca." 
The personal popularity of Miss 
Thorndike carried her across, but 
the performance of the playlet was 

Yvette Rugel. opening over here 
last week in vaude\'ille, will replace 
Sophie Tucker in the Metropole 
•Follies," July 24. Miss Tucker will 
appear for a few Weeks in the prov- 
inces before sailing for New York. 


Shubert vaudeville has been sec 
to play next season at the Empress, 
St. Louis, a Cella house; at the 
Princess, Toronto, where the legit 
.bookings will hereafter appear at 
the Royal Alexandria (both syndi- 
^iites booking), and at the Shubert, 
f^incinnati, another combined Er- 
itngcr-Shubert city. 
. ' Shubert vaudeville played at the 
jBhubert, Cincinnati, for a few weeks 
let the end of last season. It also 
appeared at the Royal Alexandria. 
Toronto, for intermittent weeks. 
The Princess of that city is a com- 
modious house, situated close to the 
Alexandria. In St. Louis last sea- 
son a try with Shubert vaudevlue 
was made at the Jefferson, but was 
unsatisfactory owing to Marie 
Dressier, its headline for the en- 
gagement, being obliged to witu- 
draw from the show in the middle 
of the week. 

Last week It was reported the 
Shubert vaudeville will appear at 
the Shubert, Kansas City, next sea- 
son with the legit attractions going 
Into the remodeled Century, former- 
ly burlesque. 

Lots of people say: "Van Hoven, 
that is the best ad. you have ever 
written." I write articles for four 
papers. I have written two acts. 
I've written my ad. on trains, in bar 
rooms, In other people's houses and 
everywhere, but when they talk 
about the best ad. Ive ever written, 
I think the best one was the one 
about our Nellie. You know Nellie, 
brave Nellie Revell. 


Samuels on Continental Tour 

London, July 5. 
I. R. Samuels, the Keith booker 
who arrived this week, is leaving 
Friday for the continent. He* will 
sail Aug. 2 on the "Olympic" for 
New York. 


ActorsK!omplain Managers or 

Engagements Can't Be 


London, July B. 

The complaint of actora nowadays 
ia they cannot find managers or 

Andrew Melville complains that 
while employing over 200 actors on 
the read, he has difHculty in locating 
leading men. 

At the moment he la rehearsing 
two companies at the Lyceum for 
provincial tours of "On His Ma- 
jesty's Service" and "Monte Cristo." 
The tours are fully booked, but It is 
easy for the Melville family to book 

. Phillip Yale Drew (Young Buf- 
falo) Is booked with "The Savage 
and the Woman" until well into 

Andrew Melville will also open a 
repertory season at his newly ac- 
quired Grand, Brighton, July 10, 
playing such pieces as "The Octo- 
roon," "It's Never Too I^te to 
Mend," etc. This class of dramatic 
fare founded the Melville fortunes, 
and all three brothers have been 
faithful to it ever since.. 

Their one deviation, the revival of 
"Abraham Lincoln" at the Lyceum, 
is thought to have had much to do 
with the trouble arising between 
the elder brothers. 


The Grand Jury last week refused 
to indict Paul Allen, the agent, on 
the charge of forgery after being 
held In $1,000 ball by Judge Renaud 
for further examination. The com- 
plaint Is automatically dismissed. 
Allen, a brother of Edgar Allen, the 
Fox booking expert, was alleged to 
have forged a $210 check in the 
name of Mrs. Solon Shiller on the 
Chatham & Phoenix Bank, Broad- 
way and 106th street branch, New 

The accused, on advice of counsel 
Kendler & Goldstein, had waived ex- 
amination in order not to disclose 
his defense. 


Stories on burlesque especially written for this Columbia Bur- 
lesque Number are on pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 17, 18. 

Among the contributors are officials of the Columbia Amusement 
Co.. including J. Herbert Mack. Sam A. Scrlbner, R. K. Hynicka, 
Thos. R. Henry and Fred McCloy. besides Loney Haskell and mem- 
bers of Variety's New Yorl: staff. 


Chicago, July 5. 

The Plaza, owned by Mr. Gold- 
Bon, is open and has not been closed 
since booked by the Gus Sun office 
(Billy Diamond) in Chicago. 

A report last week erroneously 
stated the Plaza had closed. 

"LASS 0' laughtur" rights 

London, July 5. 
The American righLs to the stage 
play 'Lass O' Lauphter ' have been 
secured by Henry W. H;ivage. 


Fanny Rice, in new act. 

Aas'.-i Cooked in Kansas City, Kan. 

Chic:»Ko. July 5. 
Grubel Brothers are building a 
2..100-.',o:it i>op vaiitl('vil!o thea're in 
Kai.f«MH City. K'an.. at a cost of ^ 
jr^ a. f. liMk'.r. man- 
o tf e.' of tlu' coM-orn .t iiitfiiv*!.-; . u'.f^ 

-^ — — g-r ■ • ' 

in ClucMKo this u ock? ;t:i<l m.i«l * 
rrrjuTfrncnts with th • Wester.". 
\ aude\ Ule ManacrrrM* Association 
to furnish the acm fo.- th? thealie. 
which will open Labor ilay. 


London, June 20. 
Topping the bill at the Coliseum 
this w^ek are the Marx Brothers — 
widely heralded as among the clev- 
erest performers produced in 
American vaudeville. As it hap- 
pens, this representative of Variety 
had never seen the brothers Marx on 
their native heath. Their fame as 
comedians had been duly spread 
about in music hall circles here for 
weeks preceding their yesterday's 
London debut Supported by a 
company of eight others, the Marx 
brothers presented a musical "Re- 
vuette" entitled "On the Balcony." 
Their afternoon performance was 
fairly successful. 

Within 'five minutes after the 
opening of their act in the evening 
coppers began to rain down upon 
the stage— hurled by occupants of 
the gallery. Remarks were shouted 
from the upper regions. Isolated 
instances of applause were drowned 
In energetic hissing, although the 
far-famed "booing" was not in evi- 
dence. Following the conclusion, 
Julius Marx appeared before the 
curtain and apologized for what he 
termed "the poor performance." 
blaming It on "the rowdyism of tne 
gallery." The apology was received 
with silence. Hearty applause 
greeted a' frequently repeated line 
in the script by one of the charac- 
ters: "This is getting on my 

Amerirans in the audience found 
at least one happy spot In the pro- 
gram, however, when Ben Beyer 
thrtlled and delighted them with an 
exhibition of trick bicycle riding 
just a little bit neater and cleverer 
than a London mu.iic hall cllentelo 
Is acc^mtomed to. He has ulso in- 
terpolated a modicum of chatter, 
upon uhich he should en'arge. He 
pot an ovation at the end of the 
act — and deserved it. 

Th? whole bill— with the t-x<-»-i.- 
tion of the headline foaturo — ;.s vt^ry 
f;:f»o<l. Horor.s were sh'irtd bptv.een 
Lydia Lopokova ami bor company 
and a ^?<iod straisrlU mu> ral trio 
ronipo.sod of Co'il r.aiior. pianb-^t; 
CotiHtan'T Izaro. \ iolini.sto. and 
Frr-.iorick All n, baritone. Cocflia 
1. oft PS was, a.s alway.-, accorded an j 
fiitbu.'^;:'.st:r rcrtjlion and ;. »ve an I 
iinil»!ion ^f Alio Doly.^la sinarin'^.l 
•rtn ]'f»i l.'iV t, at wa3 mere like . 
I).''.' -la tliaii I>ol\ :':a. 

The Marx ]lr«'tijiT.« v.ill jnnl: 
tlu'.r pre.-ent off'-rinj befnrc th'* 
week is out ar.d rr*;)'.ac;' it with 'jK-ir j 
old act, "Back Home." Jolo. 


Paris, July 5. 
Edgar Selwyn, who is now in 
Berlin, has acquired the American 
rights to the successful comedy en- 
tilled "The Marvellous Adventures." 


Sept. S (London to New York), 
Victor Tandy (Adriatic). 

August 3 (London to N.rr York) 
Gus Fowler, Mr. and Mrs. C. Ed- 
munds, Long Tack Sam Troupe 

Aug. 3 (London for New York), 
Long Tack Sam, Gus Fowler. Mystic 
Clayton, Mr. and Mrs. C. Edmunds, 
Bert Green (Washington). 

July 18 (from New York), Ruby 
Norton Clarence Senna (Maure- 

July 15 (from Havre), Mr. and 
Mrs. Max Wlnslow, Jack Curtla 
(La France). 

July 14 (from London for South 
Africa), Gertrude Elliott and com- 
pany, Julian Ros6k wife and fam- 
ily (Saxon). 

Reported through Paul Tauslg & 
Son, 104 East 14tli street: 

(All from New York): July 6, 
Mr. and Mrs. William Borsini, Mrs. 
Martha Borsini, Valeska Borsini, 
Hugo Borsini, George Geraut (Seyd- 
lltz); July 11, Seven Bracks, Louis 
Spielman (Reliance); July 15, Marie 
Hughes (Olympic); July 12 (from 
London to ^New York), William 
Morris and family (Homeric); July 
29 (from London to New York), 
Marx Brothers and Co. (Cedric). 

June 28 (London for South Amer- 
ica), Rupert Inglese. Juggler (Ar- 

June 28 (London for New York), 
Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn (Ma- 

June 23 (London for New York). 
Ed C. T. Hogan (Zeeland). 

July 4 (from New York), Francis 
X. Bushman, Beverley Bayne, Kitty 
Doner, McConnell Sisters, Gene- 
vieve Tobin and Vivian Tobin 







Band Leader Purchases Inter- 
est of Harry Susskind — ^Joe 
Susskind Other Partner 

The only recorded instance of any 
of the restaurant band leaders mak- 
ing an outright purchase In the res- 
taurant where his band is playing 
came out this wetk with Ray Mill- 
er's buy of the half interest of 
Harry Susskind in the Blossom 
Heath Inn on the Merrick road at 
Lynbrook. Long Island. 

Mr. Miller is said to have secured 
Something of a bargain. Harry 
Susskind, when endeavoring to dis- 
pose of his share in the ihn last 
winter (off-season), asked $60,000. 
Miller is reported to have paid, in 
season, less than that amount. 

The other partner in Blossom 
Heath is Joe Susskind. who also 
has Murray's on 42d street, lately 
secured. Harry Susskind operates 
the Pelham Heath Inn on the Pel- parkway, Bronx, Now York, 
devoting most of his attention to 
that place, as Joe does to Murray's 
since acquiring It. 

Ray Miller and His Dlack and 
White Melody ]3oys have been the 
musical attraction at Blossom Heath 
since the summer season started. 
The Miller band was one of the 
Hrst Jazz orchestral combinations 
around New York. Its leader was 
energetic, and eventually worked 
his collection of ragging musicians 
into a full entertainment, the boys 
not alone playing but furnishing 
diversified entertainment as well. 
They have appeared in the leading 
restaurants of New York and the 

Blossom Heath will have a for- 
mal opening for the new partner- 
ship. It has been set down for 
Wednesday evening, July 12. Kkcan- 
time the restaurant continues with 
the Miller band and Mr. Miller rep- 
resenting the firm on the premises. 
It is likely Blossom Heath will be- 
come an around-the-year roadhouse. 
It remained open lust winter to 
satisfactory results, and has been 
doing a big business so far this 
summer with the Millers there, de- 
spite keen opposition along the road 
in that vicinity. Blossom Heath 
was the first remodeled roadhouse 
of the modern type to open on Long 
Island, with the Susskind Brothers 
its original promoters and man- 


Augustus 0. Gtuder» editor of the 
Alontclair Times, died suddenly 
June 8 at Thun, Switzerland, while 
vi.siting that country. 

A. Millo, owner and publisher Of 
Fllma. a French picture organ, died 
.suddenly in Taris June 9, aged 53. 

Mifliez Misti, French painter and 
musician, died at Neuilly-sur-Seino, 
n<ar I'ari.s. uKod 56 year.«<. (^ 

Jcanr.3 Ramage, v/ho only recent- 
ly jo i ned th e Oppra Comigue troupe. 

di'd in i'ari.s. ukcjI 21. {;-ho wa.s a 
rif^c of nacliacl llojer, 

Rspliacl Dufour, known a.s Itapha, 
I'ffnch song tvriler. recently died at 
Lif go, 13c)giiun. 


Paris, June 27. 

Madame Miller is in Paris. 

Pearl White has gone to London 
from Paris, where she was the fea* 
ture In the ill-fated Casino revue, 
and sails July 6 for New York. 

Madge Lessing is visiting Berlin. 

A son was born last week In tne 
American Hospital of Paris to 
James Milton Conners, who con- 
structed Luna Park, Paris. 

Gustin Wright, organist, has been 
received by the Pope in Rome, who 
conferred on him the order of St. 

Mrs. O. Montgomery Tuttlo, di- 
rectress of the American summer 
conservatory of music at Fontalne- 
bleau. has arrived in France with 
80 students. 

In Paris last week: — Cyrus H. K. 
Curtis, Saturday Evening Post; 
Marjorie Herrman, New York Jour- 
nalist; Sigmund Romberg, com- 
poser; Dr. John A. Harries, of New 
York;' also John O'Bryne, \^t New 
York; Joseph D. Hurley, Boston 
Post, with wife on honeymoon; 
Warren Phoenix Belknap, manager 
Harvard baseball team 1919; Edith 
Wharton, novelist; Mrs. John u*. 
Hylan, Prof. J. Dalbls, lecturer; 
Misses Francine and C. Larrlmore. 
Irene BordonI, Raymond Ortelg. 
New York hotel owner; F. N. 
Doubleday, Flo. Zlegfeld, Jr., Carl 
Laemmle, J., H. Maddon, of Ken- 
tucky (for the Paris Grand Prix 
horse race); Arthur Buzzl-Pcccla. 
mu.siclan. New York. 


Paris, July S. 
It is Slated that Brieux, author of 
"Damaged Goods" and other med- 
ico -socioLugicaL plays, has com- 
pleted a new piece entltle(^ "The 

l're[»arations are being mfide for 
its moiinllnff during Septertibor at 
the Theatre Vaudeville. 

Hardly a week goes by that we 

don't read of some man or woman 

leaving burlesque for a Broadway 
production. The two-dollar critic, 
the highbrow theatrgoer, the fas- 
tidious Individual who is particular 
about his favofite styles of enter- 
tainment, are amazed at the sue* 
cess of the artist who is hailed as 
a welcome addition to the continu- 
ally deleting ranks of the estab- 
lished stars who pass on. Whme 
did he or she come from? Whore 
have they been all these years? 
Isn't he swell — doesn't he dance 
well?— are often heard after a first 
night performance. To the wise 
element there Is nothing new or re- 
markable in this condition. It la 
today and always has been demon- 
strated that, given the proper op- 
portunity, the burlesque actor can 
take his box of tricks, his metnoan. 
his style and his personality and 
if properly placed can put it over 
not only in the present era but ever 
since burlesque was instituted. The 
Leon Carrolls, the Jim Bartons, the 
Fanny Bricos. the Sophie Tucker**, 
the Lester Aliens, the Watson 
Sisters, the Blossom Seeleys, and 
so many others now successfully 
appearing on Broadway are om/ 
a replica of the state of affairs 
when burlesque companies played 
burlesque theatres that did not eu- 
Joy the prestige and distinction ^hat 
the present day Columbia wW«l 
theatres enjoy. When we had the 
Dewey in New York, the Spit Box 
in Albany, the Academy in Pitts- 
burgh, the Grand in Brooklyn, Sam 
Jack's in Chicago, Miner's Bowery 
and Eighth Avejiue, Monumental in 
Baltimore, Waldman in Newark. 
Keenan's In Washington. When the 
burlesque actor was looked down 
upon as only fit for thg«e housee-^ 
yet In those days when Dan Mc« 
Avoy deserted burlesque and opened 
at the New York theatre at that 
time under the direction of the Sire 
Bros, he was a riot, a panic, a sen- 
sation. He brought with him the 
same business, the same make-up, 
the came method he employed la 
burlesque, and he remained a 
Broadway favorite until the day of 
his death. Emma Carus had the 
same experience. She has been a 
headllner for many years and ie 
still going strong. Alex. Carr went 
direct from burlesque to Broadway; 
he is no different today — perhaps 
ripened and mellowed by years of 
contamination. Barney Bernard, 
Geo. Sidney, Sam Bernard, Weber 
and Fields. Benny Welch and hun- 
dreds of others received their train- 
ing, acquired their technique and 
achieved their success through the 
opportunities afforded In burlesque. 
If you have the goods you will find 
a real market place. 

Going back to 1900— there were 
only a few comedians who did not 
wear crape hair or fright wigs, or 
painted faces or exaggera'ted 
clothes- yet they stood out as 
artists and gave delightful per- 
formances. The creations of Harry 
Morris were masterpieces. Charley 
Burke was inimitable. Truly Shat- 
tuck was a revelation. A lack of 
space prohibits a general list, but 
sufllce to say artistry was recog- 
nized then, is rec(^nized now and 
will be recognized ad-infinilum. 

Burlesvjue is today the stepping- 
stone to Broadway and in many re- 
spects more desirable; it at least 
assures steady work and a lone 
season. The tinita of today are 
simply going back to the days when 
we had a first part and a second 
part with an olio between, with the 
vaudeville actors playing parta 
Acrobats speaking lines was the 
commencement of so many dumb 
acts essaying talk which they never 
dreamed they were capable of de- 
livering. May 1922-M bring back 
the audiences, the appreciation and 
the names that helped to make bur- 
lesque famous in the old days, and 
Incidentally take a tip from Broad- 
way and give them the gals that hud 
the following of the old timers. 


Paris, July S. 

Sutton Vane's "The Span of Life** 
has been revived at the Gaiete 
starting July 1 under the new title 
of ' I'ont Vlvante," adapted by 

It has Blflcot, a French screen 
comedian, featured. 


Paris, July 6. 
"The Mascotte" was revived at 
the Mogador July 2 for the sum- 
mer with Ponzio and DeTours and 
Mmcs. Ra^on and Sonya Alny. 



Friday, July 7, 1022 





Saved from Death During War 

Through Marriage to 

German Baron 

Pern Andrea was killed July 3 In 
Germany when a Hamburg-Berlin 
airplane in which she was riding fell 
to the ground. Miss Andrea was one 
of Germany's most noted film stars. 
During her rise to the topmost of 
German filmdom, she occupied about 
the relative rank as a picture star 
over there as Pearl "NVhite did over 
here when appearing in the sensa- 
tional serials. 

Misa Andrea's family name was 
Andrews. At one time she appeared 
In the Barnum-Bailey Circus over 
here, and also was a member 
©f the Bird Millman wire act. Miss 
Andrea, or Andrews as she was then 
known, went abroad wtih Miss 
>Iillman, remained in London and 
afterward located in Berlin, com- 
mencing her film career. 

Ttje most interesting and exciting 
period of the girl's life, however, 
was during the war. She had some 
extraordinary experiences, never 
published. A magazine editor in 
Kew York had been waiting for 
months for Miss Andrea to return 
to her native land, to obtain the 
complete story. 

A part of the story is- that Miss 
Andrea was under sentence of death 
at one time during the war while in 
Germany, and was saved through 
the Intervention of a Baron who 
married her. He later permitted 
her to secure a divorce it is said, the 
Earon stutlifying himself In o.der 
that the divprce m'lght be granted. 
It had been no love affair leading 
to the marriage, the Baron having 
gallantly offered to sacrifice himself 
If necessary In order that Miss 
Andrea, whom he believed innocent, 
should be saved. Previously he had 
been a mere acquaintance of the 
girl but admired her. 

When the war was over the 
Baron is said to have asked Miss 
Andrea if she desired to consum- 
mate or dissolve the marriage. Miss 
Andrea replied it had been under- 
stood it had been a sacrifice upon 
his part and that while she re- 
gretted to inform him she had no 
love for him, she would always have 
for him a heart full of gratitude. It 
was no easy matter to dissolve the 
marriage through the circumstances 
under which it occurred. The Ger- 
man undertook to arrange it him- 
Felf. The divorce was granted upon 
his testimony. 

The entire affair through which 
Miss Andrea passed and to which 
she owed her life has been said to 
be one of the most remarkable In- 
stances In the annals of the volun- 
tary act of a person in high station 
who chanced his life while almost 
—a stranger to aid a woman in deep 
distress. » 

It is hardly likely that with the 
death of Miss Andrea the full story 
will ever bo divulged. The above is 
but a skeleton of the story of a 
girl whose thrilling "stunts" in pic- 
tures were tame alongside of what 
she actually passed through during 
the war. 


In ''Hard Boiled Hampton" 

July 3, Keith's, Boston 

July 10. Bushwick, Brooklyn 

July 17, Keiths blt;t St., New York 



Song Pluggers See Prospects 

— Good Now or in Future — 

Club Work Considered 


Tournament at Garden City 

July 10-12— Some Women 



The Mutual Burlesque As.cocia- 
tion, the newly organized No. 2 
^•heol, will hold a mci^tinj? today 
(Friday) at which house franchises 
ivill be allotted next week. 

Among the houses that will play 
the Mutual shows are the Star and 
Gayety, Urooklyn, recently leased to 
Sam Raymond, supposedly acting 
for the B. F. Kahn Estate. The 
Olympic, New York; Lyric, Newark, 
and Empire, lloboken, are also list- 
ed for franchises. All of the fore- 
going were spokes in the American 
wheel last seaso.i. 

The professional staffs of a num- 
ber of the music publishing estab- 
lishments are paradoxically cater- 
ing to amateur singers sum- 
mer months because of the unusual 
demands by amateur try-out acta 
for material to be used in "Oppor- 
tunity Night" and "It's Up to You" 
contests which one or another 
vaudeville theatre throughout the 
city is using as a means to boost the 

gate receipts. The amateurs in the 
vicinity where these try-outs are a 
regular weekly feature immediately 
enlist the assistance of the publish- 
ers' professional staffs. 

When one or two of these, how- 
ever, deemed themselves too impor- 
tant to bother with amateur ma- 
terial one professional man decided 
the amateurs not only can "plug" 
a number in the theatre for that 
one night, but it presents itself as a 
medium for popularizing songs in 
club entertainments, parlor so- 
ciables and the like, where these 
talented amateurs are the first to 
be called upon. It is these private 
audiences that constitute the real 
sheet mu.sic and roll and record 
buying public. The amateurs them- 
selves are good moral risks for the 
future even though the time wasted 
on a certain percentage docs de- 
tract from the professional. Some 
of the amateurs come to the fore 
through the opportunity contests, 
and, if applauded, the winners are 
given regular try-out bookings. 

For this reason it has been noticed 
that every try-out act's song reper- 
toire is usually culled from one 
publisher's catalog. 

The National Vaudeville Artists 
will hold its second annual golf 
tournament July 10-12 at the Gar- 
den City Country club. Around 100 
players are expected to compete. 
Among the crack players listed In 
the first division are Jack Ken- 
nedy, Charles Leonard Fletcher, Ed 
Flanagan and Wilbur Mack. The 
first division will conalst of golfers 
with scores of 90 and under. This 
consists of 16 players.* 

Martin Beck has contributed the 

first prize for the first division 

players. The. prize for the winner 

of the second 16 was donated by 

Marcus Loew. The third, fourth, 

fifth and sixth division first prizes 

were contributed by B. S. Moss, E. 
F. Albee, Alex Pantages and S. Z. 

The Garden City Country Club 
can be reached from New York by 
the Long Island railroad in less 
than 40 minutes. It is adjacent to 
the Nassau Boulevard station of the 
Long Island road. 

There will be medal play Monday 
for the Tom Nawn trophy. This 
trophy has already been won once 
by Jack Kennedy. 

Additional prizes have been of- 
fered by Fred Schanberger, M. 
Shea, "Walter Vincent, Clark Brown 
and William Fox for the runners-up 
in the different "slxteens." 

Those eligible include all active 
and lay members of the N. V. A. 
engaged in vaudeville. 

A number of women members of 
the N. V. A. will compete, includ- 
ing Sarah Padden. 



Now Long Branch Amusement Park 
Owner — $8,000 Annual itental 

John Maher, a Trenton theatre 
owner, has leased the pier at Long 
Branch and is disposing of conces- 
sions which will include a Ferris 
wheel, carousel and games. The 
rental is reported at $8,000 per an- 
num. About a year ago the pier 
was purchased for about $40,000, 
and since then has been used mostly 
by fishermen. 

The Long Branch pier was planned 
as a million-dollar venture, and 
much money was expended in its 
construction. The backers intended 
to make it a stopping point for 
ocean-going vessels, but it was 
later proven that that would be im- 
practical. The resort has no har- 

Burlesque has been a standard 
form of entertainment with an ex- 
clusive clientele for many years. 
Like all other branches of the 
amusement business It has been 
modernized and elaborated through 
the years, vntll the modern bur- 
lesque show of the latter season 
has become more and more a musi- 
cal comedy, losing or gaining in 
the transition according to the pro- 
duction ability of the burlesque pro- 
ducer and his ability to engage 
artists within reasonable salary 

In other words, the burlesque pro- 
ducer has been playing the other 
fell6w*8 game with less scope and 
more modest materials to a bur- 
lesque gathering. The shows be- 
came so sterilized they looked tame 
in comparison to the average musi- 
cal comedy, where bare legs and 
shimmy dancers (both taboo on the 
Columbia Burlesque Circuit), were 
as necessary to the entertainment 
as the acoustics of the theatre. 

The result has been an enormous 
increase in the cost of operating a 
burlesque attraction, for the pro- 
ducer has put himself in opposition 
to musical comedies and increased 
his production outlay proportion- 

The revue type of burlesque at- 
traction which plunges heavily on 
scenery has been popular with the 
producers for the past few seasons. 
The vogue was started by one with 
a flare for productions of this sort. 
Immediately it was followed by all 
of the others with more or less suc- 
cess so that the average burlesque 
production of the past two seasons, 
with a few 'exceptions, has been 
neither flesh, fish nor fowl, but a 
sort of compromise between the 
type of musical comedy that plays 


Goes to Singer's Unit — Gen. Pitano 
With Gerard Show 

The transfer of the Bobby Hlgglns 
contract, held by Davidow & Le 
Maire has occurred. Higgins goes 
with Jack Singer Shubert vaudeville 
unit show for next season. Higgins' 
contract calls for his vaudeville 
comedy sketch of four people, and 
at a salary of $1,150 weekly. 

Another Shubert unit engagement 
is that of Gen. Pisano with the 
Barney Gerard show to be headed 
by Johnny Dooley. Dooley will do 
a Fharpshootlng travesty based upon 
the Pisano turn. 

Arthur Klein has entered the en- 
gagement of the Lander Bros, for 
his own unit. 


•'Hello Everybody," Arthur Klein's 
Shubert unit .«?how, will have book 
and lyrics by McElbert Moore and a 
Bcorc by J. Frod Coots. Klein 
signed the Lander brothers this 
week. The comedians were under 
conttact to Jack Singer for another 
year and turned over to Klein by 
Singer. The unit will feature Ger- 
trude Hoffman who will bo sur- 
rounded by entirely new material. 


Keith's new theatre in Cleveland, 
under construction, is scheduled to 
open Labor Day. The policry will be 
big time vaucloville. The seating 
rapacity is slightly over 3.000. The 
theatre will be part of an 18 -.story 
oinco building,'. 

Keith's present big time house m 
Cleveland, the Hippodromo,. will be 
operated with pop vaudeville by 
Walter Rosenberg. The bookings 
will be through the Keith oHlcc. 


Max M.ircin will not be associated 
with lltTuy T)ixon in the operation 
of the "IJroadway Celebrities" as a 
Shubert vaudeville unit, Marcin 
having declared himself out this 

Dixon will operate the .show in- 


Additional engagements for Shu- 
bert unit shows Include: 

Friedlander's "Facts and Fan- 
cies," White Way Trio, Jed Dooley, 
Jean Gobson. Six Stellas. 

Jack Reld's •'Carnival of Fun," 
Romas Troupe, Betty Weber, Edna 
Luce, Clark and Verdi. 

Henry Dixon's "Broadway Celeb- 
rities," Sttin Stanley. 

Jenie Jacobs and Jack Morri.s* "As 
You Were, ' Blanche Ring, Charies 

Arthur Pearson's "Zlg Zag," 
Jamie Coughlin, Harry (Zoup) 
W«l«;h, Xed (Clothes) Norton, Re- 
mos Lilliputians. 

Friedlander's "Laughs and La- 
dies," Will Philips, Emily Earl, 
Billy Bernard. 

E. T. Beatty (unnamed unit), 
Bobby Barry and Dick Lancaster. 


Keith's, Syracuse, may adopt a 
three-a-day pop vaudevillo policy 
for ibe summer. The matter is 
now under consideration by the 
Keith people. The Syracuse house 
has played big time vaudeville since 
opening three years ago. If the pop 
plan becomes effective it will con- 
tinue playing a full week. 

The big time bills and two-a-day 
schedule will be restored in Sep- 
tember if the small time policy Is 
temporarily adopted. 


Walter K. U\\\ JoineJ tTie Colum- 
bia Amusement Company staff, as 
publicity director, July 1. Campbell 
Casad will be associated with Mr. 
Hill In the exploitation work Hill 
Will do for the burlesque circuit. 

Charles S. Moore, connoctod with 
the staff of the Federal Trad*? 
comnii^.siun since its inception and 
who presided as examiner during 
the- Investigation of vattdeviHe con- 
ducted by the commission, has re- 
signed to take up private law prac- 
tice as a member of the tirm of 
Taylor, Caskey & Moore, with 
headquarters in ^Vasbi^igton, p. C, , 

The DcLyons Two, reviewed at 
Loew's State, New York, last week 
and mentioned as doing the chair 
trick similar to Franklyn, Cbarlrs 
and Company, aver they originat((l 
the trick and perfected "t in UOO- 
98, before the other act. The De- 
Lyons were formerly Evelyn De- 
Lyons and Company, and also 
known as l>eLyons Three. The 
present heaiV of the team states 
that Fredericks (Fredericks Troupe. 
Continental acrobatic turn) taught 
it to him In 1888, when he took up 
his aiiprentlceshlp under him. 

Lawrence Solmnn hafrbeenelf»et<nl 
president of the Toronto Interna- 
tional Loague baj?eball club, suc- 
ceeding the late James J. McCaf- 
fery. Solman has ♦he Royal AIf»\- 
drJa. theatre, Tor<»ito, 


Billio Gould, last of the "Green- 
wich Village Follies," who Is being 
sued for an absolute divorce by 
George Gould, will make an appli- 
cation for alimony and counsel fees 
in the New York Supreme Court 
today (Friday) through Frederick 
E. Goldsmith and countersue for a 
separation tm grounds of abandon- 
ment and non-support. Gould Is a 
vaudevillian, for many seasons as- 
sociated with George Choos' acts. 

Miss Gould (In private life, Mrs. 
Olive Schoengold) alleges her hus- 
band has an income of $200 a week. 
George Gould (Samuel Schoengold) 
brought suit on statutory grounds. 
They were married October 28, 1914. 

George Young Managing Globe 

Atlantic City, July 5. 
George M. Young, of Keith's, 
Philadelphia, is managing the 
Glolio, opening this week with 
Keith's vaudeville. 

•i HI 


Catherine Roseh, formerly of "The 
Fulllca,." to. Conrad S. Layijoii, non- 

David Schneider, tr«\asurer of the 
R<'public, New York, will be mar- 
ried to Poarl Hirnbaum, non-i)ro- 
fessional, Sunday, July 9. 

. ■ . . ,, I i.f • V • : 

the o;ie-nighters and road bookings 
and an old-fashioned "turkey." 

The producers now seem to think 
the time for another transition hat 
arrived and are laying plans to pro« 
duce an attraction for next season 
that will have for a high light more 
low comedy than usual and less art 
than old-fashioned latigh gleaners. 
The old bit and number sequence or 
a comedy scene followed by a song 
with the chorus back of the singer 
will again be in high favor as 
against the modern vaudeville revue 

The producers don't think they 
can cut down the production costs 
at present, claiming that costumed, 
scenery and the other incidentaffs 
have yet to return to before-war 
dimensions, but they seem agreed a 
few less specialties by high-priced 
acts and more comedians instead 
will do much to regain for burlesqile 
its individuality. 

The modern vogue among the 
comedians who, following in the 
footsteps of the producers in mod* 
ernlzlng their shows, was to clean 
up and become more legitimate Is 
also to be frowned upon by the prd- 
ducers. The producers have learned 
a lesson from the vaudeville book- 

Ing fnen' •w4»^. eagerly snapped uji„-. 

the low comedy burlesque comedians 
and placed them in Important posi- 
tions on their bills, where they in- 
variably made good and were lost 
to burlesque forever more. * 

The burlesque producer catering 
to the- middle classes entertains 
about the same audience that pa- 
tronizes the pop vaudeville houses. 
He reasons his comedians are able 
to entertain this type of patrons 
with low comedy and knockabout 
methods, that is what this type of 
patron wants. 

The producer of 1922 has also 
learned that a show can have plenty ^ 
of low comedy, rough and funny, 
and still be clean. The propaganda 
and efforts to attract a femaie 
clientele to the burlesque theatres 
which has been carried on through 
the seasons was in a large measure 
responsible for the over-sanitary 
modern product. No "softer" audi- 
ence is there in the world for good, 
clean,~low comedy than the average 
female. What she does object to is 
the "blue" joke or the double 

Burlesque as now conducted on 
the Columbia wheel should attract 
a large coterie of woman adherents, 
but It has to contend with th« 
prejudices and the misrepresenta* 
tlons of years. A national advertis- 
ing campaign with a drive for th« 
patronage of women's clubs and 
local publicity emphasizing the 
cleanliness of this form of enter- 
tainment, is another possibility that 
has been discussed by the burlesque 
men, and which may become neces* 
sary when burlesque patronage be- 
comes affected by the inroads of 
other styles of entertainment if bur* 
lesque remains lethargic. 

The average cost for a new bur* 
lesque production of modern dimen* 
sion is about $15,000. The burlesque 
productions for 1922 will run from 
$5,000 to the above figure, the lower 
one. representing productions which 
will hold over scenery, repainted, or 
costumes in part from last year'i 

The list of burlesque producer! 
has been augmented by several neW 
to the Columbia Circuit, who come 
over from the American wheel, re- 
placing producers with other aflfllla-* 

A list of the Columbia Burle.'^Que 
Circuit producers for 1922 is ap- 
pended. The producers listed who 
were last season on the American 
or No. ? wheel are Lew Talbot. 
Jimmy Cooper, Sim Williams. Kube 
Bernstein, George Jaffe and Sam 
Sidmun (who will operate the Arthur 
Peanson franchise) and Joe Maxwell, 
from vaudeville. Albert de Cour- 
ville, the English producer, in asso- 
ciation with M. S. Bentham, the 
Keith vaudeville agent, will oierate 
and inoduce two shows for the Co- 

The list includes: 
IIurtiiT iv:: Seamon Lew Talbot 
Jean Dedinl Jimmy Cooper 

Al Reeves Sim Williarns 

James E. Cooper Rube lU'insfein 

Chas. II. Waldron 
Billy Watson 

Warren Ti. Irons 
H.Clay Minor 

Jacobs & Jrrmon Wm. S. Cumplicll 

J. Herbert Ma<k Maurice Cain 

George \V. Rife Albert d< CmnvillO 

Hftrry Hastitvgs Jermon & Clark — . 

Drew & Campbell George Jaffe & 
Dave Marion Sam Sidman 

Sam Howe Ed Dab-y 

Rud K. Hynicka Joe Maxwell 
Wm. K.Wells Con, . 


Pricei Now Allowed to Sink Very Far — Seems No 
Incentive for Aggressive Campaign for the Ad- 
vance — In Waiting Attitude 

There was no outstanding feature 
In the amusement stocks during the 
^gei; — the occurrence of a holiday 
Interfering with any possible move- 
ment either way — but the group 
had every evidence of being 
''pegged." Both Famous Players 
and Loew are ia the hands of 
strong pools. 

It probably would have been a 
very simple matter for thewe clique.s 
to mark up their price.s, but to 
have done so would have involved 
the investment of considerable 
amount.s of capital and would have 
served no special purpose in the 
current market. 
^-^ Difficulty of Realising 

If Famous IMayers had bec»n run 
Up to 86, for example, the pool 
holders would not have been able 
to liquidate, because ■ the public 
following has almost entirely with- 
drawn from participation in the 

market and street professionals are 
not buying up amusements at high 
ftgures. If it had taken the Fa- 
mous pool 1.500 shares net to move 
quolatiuti.s ux) 5 points, realizing 
sales of half that amount would 
hase broken the price back to Its 
first level and the pool would have 
been in worse shape tban before. 
The clique seems willing to Sup- 
port its favorite when it is assailed 
and prepared to keep up a sem- 
blance of .activity which merely in- 
volves the back and forth exchange 
of paper, but that is as far as it 
Avill go under the present condi- 

There Is a general feeling that the 
mid-summer dead calm is on, but 
the underlying structure is making 
for a big market in the autumn. 
When this bull movement gets un- 
der way, something may be ex- 
pected In amusement group. 
Meantime they are likely to move 
within narrow margin. It seems to 
be pretty plain that no short in- 
terest is developing at any rate. 
All, activity appears to be mere 
fihadow boxing by the pools. 

Famous Players gav^ a fairly 
good account of itself. Although 
sadly neglected — the Monday turn- 
over wa.s only 300 shares — it held 
within narrow margin, its best 
Wednesday was 81% and its bottom 
around 80. practically stationary. 

Loew's Future 

Dealings also were at a minimum 
In Loew, although there were a 
few side bets made among Times 
Square people on the stock's fu- 
ture. There Is an undercurrent of 
belief that there is quiet buying by 
professionals in the street between 
14 and 15 for a long ride, the be- 
lief being that ^)anking interests 
are so deeply committed to the 
Htock they will sooner or later be 
compelled to move It up so they 
can get out whole. The stock is 
listless and practically motionless 
a fraction under 15. 

Orpheum made the best showing. 
After .sagging below 18 before 
the holiday, it suddenly di.splayed 
resilience Wednesday, and. although 
transactions were small in volume. 
It moved up to 19^, one of its best 
levels in several weeks. 

CJoldwyn at one time got down 
around 6V4^., the lowest .since ti.s 
climb from around 4 to better 
than 9. The trading situation in 
the stock is badly muddled and a 
good deal of conflicting information 
about it is passed around. On tne 
fact of the .situation the Na- 
tional deal ought to be a construct- 
ive factor, but it doesn't work out 
into practical results in quotation^, 
i'rubably the dip of Monday came 
from the sales of disappointed hold- 
Pr.s, drnwn in when the First Na- 
tional-fJoldwyn deal got into the 
open 0!i the exiiectition of .i quirk, 
•*»ubKt;intiaI profit, and now dis- 
heartened by the stubborn behavior 
Of the iHsuo. Kv<^n on that (l,»y .s.ip- 
Port came in when a bad drop 
tlirejitennd uri prices were stjibn- 
«7.ed It the rlo.sM ;it 7«4. cl«»se to its 
J'ormal level, where it has benn he'rl 
•»y pool man.pulrttors. Nobody 
*<nows is going to hippen in 
the Jiisue, but the early players who 

looked for sensational performances 
are gradually dropping out. 

The summary of transactions June 2d to 
July 5, inclusive, arc as follovvs: 


Thursday— Sales. High. J/ovr. Last, Chg. 

Fam. I'lay-L... H»K) Ka^ 7i»S4 ».)Kk 

T.ocw. Inc GOO ir>V4 UH \-,\i 4- '.-4 

Orpheum 500 IT 17 17 — H 


Fnm. Pl.'»)r-L...3r»00 H\% «0 «0«4 +% 

I>i>. pf HIM) 0^ m »:l 

Iax'w. Inc .MH) ir, ir, l,". + % 

Boston sold 100 Orpheum at 17'<;jC»17%. 

Saturday — 

Fam. I»lay-L... 100 ft>% «f»% R0% -% 

Loew. Inc 400 18^, 17% lft«4 4 1V4 

Monday — 

Fam. IMay-L... 300 >^^y^ m% f<\\ +% 

Orphoum 100 1H% 18% 1S% + S4 

Tuesday — Holiday. 

Wedni'.-day — ri:»y-L...l..-.00 m^, »1 Hl'-i f % 

Do. pf r.(tO !»»'4 '»»% m% -f J.% 

r.iew, Inc 3*K» 1»\ UVi USi -\ 

Orpheum 2.000 i;»". IHVi H» +% 


Tbuisdiy— .S:Oe.sHi«h l,f»w I.i'«t Chff. 
CJ.Mdwyn ^. .4^M>rt 7'4 7 7«i4 + % 

Ooldwyn . . .77. .r,.8(K) Tlfc 7 7% + Vfc 

Goldwyn 100 7\4 7% 714 — \fc 

Mond.iy — 
Goldwyn :».100 7'4 C% 7V& — % 

Tues lay— Holiday. 

V.'''dnesdav — 
Cold .vyn 400 7 G-<i 7 — ^4 


rhree Scheduled Perform- 
ances of Six Up to Wednes- 
day — Insurance Flopped 

The touring circuis of the Lights 
Club got off to the worst possible 
weather break, and up to Wednes- 
day the almost continuous rain 
practically ruined chances of the 
outfit getting any profit. The 
deluge of Saturday nearly sub- 
merged the aggregation in New 
Rochelle, N. Y., and both perform- 
ances were called olt there. Mon- 
day at CJreat Neck, L. I., fair 
crowds were drawn afternoon and 
night. Tuesday (Fourth of July) 
everything was .set for a clean-up 
in Oyster Hay. but lowering skies 
again threatened. About $40 w.u* 
taken in admission for the after- 
noon show, and it wa.«i decided to 
call off the performance, throwing 
everything into the night house. 
However, the rain beat the Lights 
to It again, and the night show was 

Up to Wednesday only two per- 
formances were given out of six 

The Lights heeded the chances of 
rain after the New Rochelle sub- 
mersion. Monday they secured in- 
eurance to the sum of $1000 per 
performance. Tue.sday at Oyster 
Bay, when It looked like certain 
rain, club members felt secured on 
account of the insurance. But the 
policy stipulated that one-tenth 
of an inch must fall between seven 
and eight o'clock in order that the 
insurance be paid. It looked black 
enough during the time limit, but it 
didn't really start to pour until 
the eight o'clock bell was tolled. So 
the insurance racket was a fl»)p, too. 

Wednesday the Lights played 
Freeport. and on the home lot it 
wa« figured the show would do real there despite the rain, 
which continued to interfere?. 

Concession men In the resorts 
were badly hurt by the weaUier. Al 
Coney Island it was sad. One 
amu.-ement man in telling of the 
woe Ihei^e, said "20 (Jreeks were 
reatly to commit suieide." 

Thursday the Lights -Mieiis was 
to have played Jamaica; 'oday (Vrf- 
day) and tomorrow (Saturday) it 
is due at Far Uoekawijy. The Lights 
are said to have cn^.i«ed a rireus 
for the week, g'l.iraiiteeirf; il $750 


M ir-Rje .\nl''II, former* wife of 
l''ranklyii Ard«'ll. who was found 
uiieousejon.-* ftom in ov«*rdos(» of 
veronil in (""<ivtral I* irk ten diys 
ago and t iken to Uoosevclt Mos- 
prtal. XeW~YbTk, i.s reporle^^re-" 

.^imrny Lee in confined to hi.'^ 
home with a nervous bro ik -d ^wn. 
He recently staged tlic number^* for 
"Love and" 



A good line bears repeating. 
Keene Abbott in j^n . optimistic 
mood .s,'ii«l: 

"It is doubtful whether the 

American stage has an actress 

more richly gifted." 

Next Week (July 10), Keith's 

Iliverside, New York. 

All managers invited to inspect 

this act. 


Coney Island Theatre Protects 

Itself Aqainst Bad Weather 

— Premium High 

The custom of in.suring against 
rain on Saturday, Sunday and holi- 
days, a regulation thing for many 
years with both major and minor 
league ba.seball teams and outdoor 
amusements in. the west hasycome 
into general practice this season for 
the first time among the amusement 
purveyors at Coney Island. Both 
of the big amu.sement parks. Luna 
and Steeplechase were Insured 
against rain on July 4, and many of 
the smaller enterprises have taken 
out insurance to ofTstand bad 
weather breaks Saturdays and Sun- 
days throughout the season as well 
as insuring for holidays. 

What 3ppears to be the first 
instance of a vaudeville theatre in- 
suring against bad weather was 
Henderson's taking out a policy for 
July 4, covering itself against the 
rain hazard on the holiday. Hender- 
son's July 4 policy called for the 
payment of $500 to the theatre, with 
a premium of $75, in the event of 
one-tenth of an Inch of rain falling 
on the date mentioned between the 
hours of 2 and 8 p. tn. on Coney 

The U. S. Weather Bureau whkh 
records olficially the exact amount 
of rain at any time and place 
throughout the country, officially 
decides whether rain has fallen and 
how much, according to the terms 
of the policy. Tho Eagle Star and 
British Dominion Insurance Co. of 
123 William street, wrote the Hen- 
derson policy. 

In Europe, especially In England, 
the custom of insuring against rain 
for athletic and other out-door 
amu.sement enterprises, has been 
general for years, Lloyd's, which ha« 
its headquarters in England making 
a specialty of all sorts of freak In- 

Some of the western amusement 
l)arks in America have carried rain 
Insurance the last few seasons, but 
the idea has not gained much head- 
way in the east unt^ the pre.scnt 

Tex Kiekard insured against rain 
when lunning the iJempsey-Carpen- 
tier fi^;ht at I'.oyle's Thirty Acres, 
in Jersey City, July 4, 1921, also 
insuring the lives of both principals. 


Breaking Summer Recordi 
city Matinees 


Tho Pal^ro. N*'W Vork, has been 
breikiiig records for summer busi- 
ne.s<< th«* list three weeks, with 
l-'anni.' IJn'o chiffly credited as the 
r«'ason. The thing has boosted 
♦ he I'alire busiiw.<».s priniii»ally 
since Miss'lJrice started h^r run 
.ipp'its to l»e the matinees. Last 
we»'k tilt.* I'al'iec* sold out at evry 
m . • 1 1 n e(vf«^ 1 ' rvvj ous su m ni »• rn Jj wie 
ha<» bei»n jilenty of room in the aft- 
•rnoons Tho weather may hive 
helped, hut the wealh'»r did nof 
miteri.illy issist the oth"r l\<'iih 
metro|K>lUan hr>u«ea the thr»*». 

(A Partial Explanation of How the Columbia 
Amusement Co. Unconsciously Inspired Bankings 
Confidence in All Show Business) 

Few showmen outside the inner- 
most circles of the Columbia 
Amusement Co. have the least iota 
of knowledge of what burlesque, as 
represented by the Columbia, has 
done to inspire confidence in theat- 
ricals throughout the banking cir- 
cles of the East. 

One of the most substantial the- 
atrical builders of America, and a 
manager (not in burlesque) who is 
personally worth over 110,000,000, 
not so long ago complained because 
the circuit of which he is the head 
had to pay a bonus of 10 per cent, 
on a building loan to complete the 
theatre. Moving picture producers 
of repute have admitted within the 
past two years they have had to 
pay "shaves" or bonuses up to 30 
per cent, to get their paper dis- 
counted. Other fthow people have 
borrowed through securing in- 
dorsers on their paper who were 
stronger financially than were tne 
borrowers, while some legit show- 
men have secured loans through 
hypothecating future receipts from 
their productions. 

The Columbia Circuit or 
ment Co. has been going through 
a series of financial transitions for 
20 years. l>uring that time it has 
done business with banks and trust 
companies from New York to all 
points east of the Mississii <M river. 
It has never defaulted upon an 
obligation, it has never disputed 
anything its name was signed to 
that involved a financial liability, 
and it has established itsejf in the 
leading lianks of the country as a 
business institution of the highest 

To so establish itself is the ambi- 
tion of 6very honest business. Many 
of our most astute business men 
believe credit is better than cay;h. 
on the theory one may secure more 
through credit than cash. In other 
words, cash might be limited but 
Al credit is unlimited; it goes 
everywhere and is always available. 

The very nature of the Columbia's 
cIrcul.Tiing and rotating business, 
with its 35 or more theatres in 35 
or more cities and as many stage 
attractions as dependable attributes, 
all operated directly from the Co- 
lumbia's headquarters in its own 
theatre and ofllce building at Broad- 


Receive Route for ^fext Season from 
Shuberts, at Increase 

Tho action of the Gaudschmldts 
against Shubert vaudeville was re- 
stored to the short cause calendar 
of the City Court by Judge Hart- 
man last week. Immediately after- 
ward the parties to tho action ar- 
rived at a settlement. It included 
a route in Shubert vaudeville for 
the Gaudschmldts next season at 
an increase over their last season's 
salary, besides a cash payment, the 
latter probably going to Frederick 
E. Goldsmith, the Gaudschmldts' 
attorneys, who secured the return 
of the action to the short cause 

The Caudsehmidts had sued tho 
Shuberls for $2,000. alleging breach 
of confraot. When called for 
trial tho court said it thought the 
case wj)uld consume beyond the 
short case time limit and sent it 
to the general trial calendar. 


Kay My<rs, the Orpheum circuit 
bf»o|<»'r. was aw.arded an interlocu- 
tory d«'Kree of divorre from Madge 
Myers In-fore Justice Wasservogal 
in the i\«'w Vork Hupteme Court 
last w»'<k. Myers sued on st.itutory 
gioiiiitls, with the defendant served 
by publication. She is a resident of 
Sfnith IJend, Ind 

The Myer.s were married .luiy 10, 
1910. in Mi.shakiw. Ind. Vh«» de- 
fendant's mis(f)n«l\iet i.s .ilh>g< d to 
h.'ive (K'ciirred during .\ov<mber- 
Decfmber. i:»2l, at :\ West 47th 
street address. An unl^nown man 
w I.s n im.d. 

K ruller & Cu!d.:fe:n repress, ntod 

M V'T.S. 


Mr and .Mrs H.ury Milln,],-. in 
r.o.sfon last week. d,iughi<«i Tti 
molher is profe.Hfliori.illy (|»icluro.i> 
iJune Caprice. 

way and 47th street (which Is now 
valued at about $3,500,000), made it 
incumbent upon the Columbia to 
make its financial stren^^th and re- 
sources known to the best bankin|r 
interests wherever it had a theatre 
or bhow. 

This entailedimore financial infor- 
mation and work than a pnr.-« 'aihow- 
man could hope to possess. The 
Columbia went outside the show 
business for its treasurer, selecting 
Und K. Ilynicka ( ^ Cincinnati, of 
high standing in his own commu- 
nity and known all over the coun- 
try as the National Committeeman 
for Ohio in the Itepublican party. 
Mr. Hynicka was an investor in Co- 
lumbia Amusement Co. stock. His 
frlrnds, Including the te Geo. H. 
Cox of Cincinnati, were also stock- 
holders. In burlesque the HynirU.t 
group looked to Hynicka for their 
burle.sque investment. When tho 
Columbia executives proffercvi the 
tre<^ury.shlp to Mr. Hynicka, and 
frankly explained to him their ob- 
ject, he accepted. Mr. Hynlckn has 
been the Columbia's treasurer ever 
since, nni hns the financial depart- 
ment of the circuit now on a basis 
that could run itself at any time. 

Building, buying and selling the- 
atres, advancing to producers, 
watching over the ever moving 
and rolling lists weekly of box 
office receipts, protecting producers 
to see that they received Wieir full 
share of the receipts, guarding 
against tho various realty details 
that come with tho possession ot 
much and widely scattered proper- 
ties, have all conabincd to make the 
Columbia's treasury an extremely 
active deiMirtment. 

In season the Calumbia'a receipts 
from all of its theatres mount into 
the hundre s of thousands of dollars 
weekly. The amounte are locally 
deposited and gradually drawn into 
the various depositories selected by 
the Qolumbl.i company in New York 
City. I^cal managers check out of 
funds in local banks for current 
operating expenses, but when the 
regular theatrical season of 38 or 
40 weeks has ended, there are no 
groH.s receipts to count for the re- 
mainder of the summer. The hox 
ofllces are closed. That is an an- 
nual enforced period of financing 
that now has grown to be a routine, 
but was not that in any sense when 
the Columbia was climbing. 

In building theatres all over the 
Rast, taking care of the theatres 
and their attractions in the same 
cities, the magnitude of the Colum- 
bia's money operations may well 
be imagined to have brought it into 
contact with the hea<ls of the big 
banks. Whatever 'burlesque" as a 
show term may have signified to 
these banking men, they discovered 
that the operators of burleHqiie 
were men of business repute. They 
grew to like the methods of the 
business end of burlesque. One 
bank spoke well of burle.sque to 
another, as far as financial tranii- 
actions were concerned. The thing 
rolled on like a ball, and burlesque 
built up a big name, through the 
Columbia Amusement Co., in money 

Then came the others in thent- 
rlcals. Including pictures. Banks 
that had confidence in the burler jue 
management were more easily con- 
vinced by tho other divisions. It 
was simple. If burkusque was ho 
jealous and zealous over Its credit 
and Htandinii:, other theatricals w«'re 
likely the .same. The restige 
erected by the Columbia Amuse- 
ment Co. redounded, and uncon- 
.sciously Ko as the Columbia 
peoph- were aware, to the benetit 
of all the show i)eople who t.ini) 
into contact with the financial inter- 
ests the Columbia had had deaiing.1 

The Columbia Anniscnient C?o. 
hns hanillcd million.s tijMni millioris 
in (for it doe:^ only a Ciisb 
business throti,f;li its box OfIlc«>) 
• luring Its existence; been a big 
and sm.ill borrower, as occasion 
dem.indcd, and tli" world 
taiics If ijpun it-; hanking record of 
ne\c- hniiiLT failed in n single obli- 
Lratioii, wli' lie r that obligation was 
to iMiild n two-rnillion -dollar the- 
atre <»rp»y t, bill or note. 

It's I grc;i». firm r'-eord for tli»- 
iiricils ttrit neither burles(|ue nor 
the C'oliirnhia Amij.«eme«it Co. will 
••V r Ih» ckmIiIi'iI with by the rc- 
niauidtr of the .show busineSis. 

Friday, July 7, 192i 


Booking Office Claims It Applies Only to Produc- 
tion Engagements — Form Headed ''Shubert Ad- 
vanced Vaudeville Contract** 

Several clauses In the contract 
fornn lately iesucd and headed "SJiu- 
bert Advanced Vaudcvil! Contract," 
"OfTlcial Ptrformers Conti'act," hnve 
brought co»*i»n<^nt from aetorH and 

One clause carries a two wcrks' 
notice of lanctllation by either 
party. The Shuberts had announced 
a play or pay contract for their vau- 
deville; tilt coming season. When 
Arthur Klein, general booking man- 
ager for fcshubort vai^evillo, was 

'• AKked concerning the two weeks' 
notice clause, li^- replied: "That does 

^. not apply to vaudeville. We scratch 
that out for vaudeville acts. It Is 

7- Intended, only for production en- 

The Shuberts are said to have a 

. separate pro<luction actor-contract. 
The contract for Shubort vaudeville, 
&H it reads, reads only for vaudeville, 
mentioning and referring to the unit 
lihows, also to acts engaged. 

Another clause says: "This con- 
tract .shall be construed only ac- 
cording .to the laws of the State of 
Kew York and any suit or action 
thereon or following therefrom shall 
be brought and shall be maintain- 
able only hi a court held within the 
county and State of New York, and 
shall not be brought or maintain- 
able in any other county or state." 
Theatrical attorneys ask«d con- 
cerning the clause confining legal 

• action against the Shuberts v.nder 

I the vaudeville contract to the county 
(Manhattan) and State of New 
York, asserted its legality was 
gravely open to question. 

The contract in many of its points 

;_ contains the standard vaudeville 
conditions, and is reprqduced in full 

■ hi this issue. 

For the revue shows the Shuberts 
aprce to furnish wardrobe, although 
the act must provide itself for its 
H|)e« iality. Another section says 
th.'it while the act's- material is 
lestricted exclusively to the act, 
any othor stoge material used by 
tho members of the act in the revue 
portion will become part of the per- 
formance and may thereafter be 
iisod by the show, meaning that that 
Material is subject to copyright 

'■^ nlong with the remainder of the 
performance (unit revue). Attorneys 
Kay a sharp definition should be ex- 
pressed in writing in the contract 
ever this |>rovision. 

'.It is not known as yet whether the 

Shubert form of contract is the 

same as the form being used by 

fcshubert vaudeville producers. Each 

(Continued on page 22) 


A. E. Johnson of the Wirth- 
Blumenfeld agency returned to New 
York Tuesday, after a long Euro- 
pean trip with J. J. Shubert. 

A.sked how things were on the 
'. other side, Johnson pointed to his 
"waist line, statifig he had lost 15 
-: pounds while away. Mr. Johnsop 
attributed his loss to fast traveling. 
Shubert and himself having visited 
many countries. All nutritious foods 
were obtainable on the other side, 
ho said, though a scarcity of milk 
and sugar existed in Berlin. 
^ The best variety bill abroad they 
had seen, mentioned the agent, was 
at the Circus Schumann, Copen- 
hagen. They traveled extensively 
in Germany and Austria, besides 
making the northern countries, as 
■well as England and France. 

While booking a number of for- 
eign artists and acts for the Shu- 
berts, Mr. John.son stated he c»)uld 
notvinnounce names. 

Ceorge Edwards Asked to Write 
Los Angeles, July 5. 
Mrs. George Kdwards is recover- 
ing at the An,u:eles Hospital here 
-Irom a major operation performrd 
: June 29 by Dr. Charles Bryson. 
Mrs. Edwards says she has lost the 
address of her husband, of the Ed- 
wards and ^Edwards shooting act, 
and would like to have him im- 
KicUiutcJy couamunkate with her. 

$25,000 VERDICT 

Judgment Against 8. Z. Poh for 
Dorothea Antel 

New Haven, July 5. 

After being out three hours the 
jury sitting in Judge AUyji L. 
Brown's court\a\vardcd damages o( 
$25,000 to Dorothea Anlel in her 
suit for $100,000 against Sylvester 
Z. Poll ^ast VVe(Tnes lay niKht. Miss 
Antel, vaudevlllian, was injured 
while playing Poll's I'alace, Hart- 
ford, Dee. 29, 1913. 

The award is the l.irgest ever 
given in a negligence action in Con- 
necticut, tho highest prior to this 
suit being in a case where the com- 
plainant lost both arms and won a 
120,000 verdict. The actress was 
represented by Joseph Slrau.^H, a 
New York attorney, and Charles S. 
Hamilton, of this city. 

The suit consumed three weenij 
and two dayjs, during which time 32 
witnesses were called. Miss Antel, 
when the accident occurred was 
playing the Palace as the lead in 
•The Night Boat." 4 Lewis A, Gor- 
don production act. While making 
a costume change, she slipped on 
a piece of broken concrete and ted 
to the stage, injuring her spine. 
Eight physicians testified during the 
trial, showing the sciatic nerve was 
displaced and permanent sciatica 
the resuH with deformity of the left 
leg a manifestation. The actress 
was wheeled into court aevera» 
times on a stretcher. 

Poll was covered by liability in- 
surance to the amount of $10,000, 
which was the sum offered in set- 
tlement prior to the trial. The man- 
ager was 'represented by lienjamln 
Sladc, of New Haven and Judge 
Foster of Ri'idgeport, the latter act- 
ing for the Insurance company. The 
action was brought here instead of 
Hartford because of New Haven 
being Poll's vesidence. Miss Antel 
is a resident of New York. 


Rockaway Beach House, Big 

Time for 25 Years, Is 



Morrison's, Rockaway Beach, last 
Thursday started With a combina- 
tion of musical tabloid, vaudeville 
and pictures policy. The tab or- 
ganization operates on the order of 

stock burlesque, with a change of 
bill weekly. The tab company was 
organized and is operated by Fred 
Clark, manager of one x>f Jacobs & 
Jermon's shows on the Columbia 
wheel last season, and interested 
v.ith John Jcrmon ia the Columbia 
show "Let'.«» Go" next season. In- 
cluded in the tab cast are Many 
Seamon and other burlesque people. 
The changing of policy at Morri- 
son's marks the first time in 25 
years or more the house has not 
played straight vaudeville of the 
big time type. Keith has booked 
the house every summer for a scoi« 
of years. The Morrisons are not 
operating the house this season, 
having rented it to outside parties. 
Two performances daily are given 
of tho burlesque tab section of the 
show, with the pictures and vaude- 
ville making it continuous. 

R. R. Strike Hits Albany District 

Albany, N. Y., July 5. 
Albany theatres were dealt an- 
other heavy blow with the advent 
of the railroad strike this week. 
Nearly 5,000 employes are out in this 
city and Rensselaer, where the big 
shops of the New York Central and 
Boston & Maine companies are 
located. It is estimated over 10,000 
men in the Capital District laid 
down their tools. 


Chicago, July 5. 

Joseph Cadmus, former treasurer 
of the Palace, Milwaukee, and a 
relative by marriage of Morris 
Meyerfeld, Jr., of the Orpheum cir- 
cuit, was sentenced to one year in 
the Wisconsin penitentiary by 
Judge Joseph Backus in the Munic- 
ipal court of Milwaukee, this week, 
on a charge of embezzlement. 

Cadmus, several months ago, was 
arrested in Brooklyn, N. Y., for a 
shortage of $90 in his accounts and 
extradited to Milwaukee. It was 
his second offense, it la said. The 
Orpheum officials decided an exam- 
ple must be made. 


Buffalo, July 5. 

Before trial of the action started 
by Harry WiBrtkins for salary 
through summary cancellation un- 
der a play or pay contract against 
the Lafayette Square theatre here, 
the theatre .settled with the. act, 
paying its claim in full. 

The case had been set down for 
trial and Watkins was present pre- 
pared to go on with it. 

Hip, Frisco, Split Week 

San Francisco, July 5. 
The Hippodrome started last 
week on a 'split-week policy, al- 
yr»ou,;h it had previously been an- 
nminced that the regular full week 
policy would be maintained. 


Franklin, in Bronx/ Trying It Next Week — ^Ten 
Turns, All from Neighborhood — Called ''Bronx 
Follies'' — Gus Edwards Picking Cast 

James Fotheringham, manager of 
B. S. Moss' Franklin in the Bronx, 
has hit upon another new angle 
through which the "opportunity" or 
"amateur" night idea may be 
worked as a publicity booster for a 
vaudeville house. The first half of 
next week (July 10) Fotheringham 
will present a ten -act turn at the 
Franklin calle<l the "Bronx Follies," 
to be composed of eight girls and 
two buys, all P.ronx amateurs. The 
act is to be a revue with the spe- 
cialties interpolated throughout a 
piece holding a thiead of a story. 

Ctus Kd words is pieking the girl 
candidates for the turn, th«' selec- 
tions being from photos sent to the 
theatre. The two boys were chosen 
from a recent "opportunity" night 
contest at the Franklin. (Jeorge 
Thompson will produce the act. 

Solly ^-^ehwartz, manager of 
Keith's, JtMsey City, has for some 
time b« » n running "amuteur ni^lits" 
with the peopFe appeaTfrig camou- 
flaged in a minstrel lirst part. The 
Franklin exjxTiment appears to be 
the tirst instance of a vaudeville 
house playing an art wholly made 
up of amateurs. 


The Association of Vaudeville 
Artists' Representative?*, composed 
of agents booking in the Keith 
office, has arranged with two in- 
surance companies to pay benefits 
to its members. A member meet- 
ing with an accident or becoming 
ill receives $25 weekly for the period 
of his incapacity. There is a death 

benefit of $1,000, if death is from 
natural causes. If death is cr u^-ed 
by accident the death benefit is ir. - 
creased to $2,000. 

The directors of the A. V. A. R. 
will meet Friday (today) to discuss 
the holding Of an entertainment in 
the fall. 


Some <»r llio peoyde engage <1 foi 
the Xew Frerds-i>hulKM't vaudeville 
unit show that Mr. Fi,eMs will per- 
sonally head ave the M*lody 
Charmers. Broadway Saxophone 
Six, Hurry Cooper. ShaiU>w McNeil, 
Two Leightons and Baby Josephine. 

The writers on Variety who are 
familiar with burlesque as they are 
wit^ other forms of musitml com- 
edy entertainment, claim that bur- 
lesque, as represented by the Co- 
lumbia attractions, is the cleanest 
performance on the stage. By 
fttage, they refer to New York, al- 
I though if tho shows that leave the 
Columbia theatre, New York, give 
tho same entertainment elsewhere 
they are the cleanest on any stage 
in America. 

No vulgarity of dialog or action; 
no shimmy nor cooch dancing, and 
no bare legs. Those have been the 
standing rules for standardization 
Of the American Columbia burlesque 
shows that play the Columbia, week 
in and out during the season. 

Musical comedy permits shimmy- 
ing and cooch, suggestive situations, 
questionable dialog and bareness to 
the point of Vaudeville 
varies according to the theatre 
played in, yet in some of the best 
theatres things slip by the man- 
agerial eye and ear, or are rein- 
serted after the first performance, 
that the Columbia, New Yoik, in its 
burlesque .shows will not stand for. 

Yet in the Columbia a performey, 
knowinc he has a punch line or gag. 
or bit of business, might seek to in- 
troduce it after it has hftjl been cen- 
sored out during the Monday per- 
formance there. He might do this 
with the connivance of the traveling 
manager — never with the house 

Executives of the Columbia 
Amusement Company for some years 
caught the incoming Columbia the- 
atre shows at its stand a we^ or 
so away from Broadway. They 
Would censor it then, and again 
when it opened at the Columbia, 
New York. 

One show .some seasons ago that 
had not been caught, through press 
of affairs at the home office before 
it reached the Columbia, New York, 
caused a string of "cuts" at the first 
performance 'that used up all the 
envelopes the managerial pocket 
held. It did not seem If the cuts 
were enforced there would be any 
"show'' left. The cuts were enforced, 
and vigilance maintained during 
the week that none of the cut-out 
stuff went back into the perfor- 
mance. The executives talked over 
this performance. It struck them 
that a company doing a show like 
the one that had been so heavily 
cut would commence to "cheat" 
again after leaving tho Columbia. 
They called up Variety and asked 
if the staff reviewer who had caught 
the show at the Columbia would see 
it again at the Casino, Brooklyn. He 
would be supplied with a full list 
of the cuts, the Columbia man 
stated, and the request was made 
for the Variety reviewer as he would 
be unknown at the Casino, whereas 
any of tho Columbia group could not 
enter the house without being rec- 
ognized. The purpose, said the Co- 
lumbian, was to know if tljat show 
would disregard orders and reinsert 
the objectionable material. "If it 
does," we will throw it off the 
wheel immediately and close the 
house for the remainder of the week 
if necessary," said the Columbia 
executive, one of the most severe 
in all burlesque for "clean 8how.s." 

The Variety man caught the 
show, seated in the gallery of the 
Casino at the Monday night per- 
formance. He reported that but 
few of the cuts had been placed 
back and that those fe\. were not 
material. In fact, he was more lib- 
eral minded concerning burlesque 
shows than the managerial censor. 

This managerial censor goes to 
the extremes in eliminations. He 
often confuses spice with smut, not 
because he can not detect the dif- 
ference, but through his sensitive- 
nes.s on what may be said about 

Many convers.itions have bc<'n 
had with him by Variety men. He 
once said to one of them: "I know 
all about what other shows are do- 
ing. I have seen stuff pulled on 
Broadway I couldn't utuler- 
stand how it ever got over on the 
stage, e.en the first nipht, but that 
doesn't make any difference to us. 
Tills is l>urles<iue. For years bur- 
lesfjue has been i»ounded. It didn't 
make .'iny difference whether it was 
oi.e of our (Columbia) shows or 
just Hori« turkey, it was burlesque 
the papers or the pe(»ple said. Now 
if there Is the slightest thing off 
here, we would be erit i<-i.ved, not 
I >» rtui Si- it_ ofK n « 1 ed anyone-, bu t Just 
because it is burlesque. 

"We hav«- to b*- careful. 1 imprt-s.^^ 
it upon all produceis. \V'o hope to 
sr«> the time when y,'v can make 
I tlu! public and newspapers under- 
stand that our burlesque Ib riot the 

burlesque they believe they know 
The only way we can do that is t^ 
keep the stages of our theatre abj 
solutcly clean, so that anyone, any. 
time, man, woman or child, can m 
into them and see a performance 
that will not contain one thing to 
offend. We won't stand for anything 
else, if we go broke following thlg 
theory. It's the only thing for the 
future. We hafe been through it 
all; there isn't one of us that doesn't 
know dirt and how to smear it, but 
there's not one of us that's going 
to do it on the Columbia wheel and 
stay on the wheel. 

"The old-time burlesque produ- 
cers with us may try to cheat. If 
they do we will catch them at it 
and fire them out. Tell it to them 
and tell it just the way I ve said it," 
but Variety didn't, because thjs 
manager's sincerity had almost 
ruined his judgment. But. neverthe- 
less, he accomplish :d a reuKirkable 
work on the Columbia wheel— -ba 
made tho producers understand 
what he meant, and he m;;de them 
cle^an up their shows. He kept after 
them, he thre^atened and di.seiplined 
them until he, and nearly he alone, 
brought the burlesque entertaiii- 
ment up to the point when, whe^e 
Variety said, "Burlesque is thft 
cleanest performance on the stage." 

Two or three of the New York 
staff of Variety often drc^p into the 
Columbia, like the Palace, to watqli 
the show or talk with the house 
men. It's a matter of news ftnA 
2>ablt. On a Monday afternoon thlii 
censor may be seen in the end seat 
of the rear row with pencil aiiA 
envelope in hand watching the In*: 
itial performance for the week* 
Curiosity has often prompted a Va- 
riety man to stand alongside him 
during a portion of the show to see 
what he censors. Often the Variet/ 
man has protested at a cut made* 
that beinfl^indicated when the cen«* 
sor jotted down an item on hfi 
memo. One, particularly, the Va- 
riety man said, of a girl doing a' 
slight shimmy, and as the pencil 
got to work: "Don't cut that out- 
It's harmless. She's all right. That 
isn't a real shimmy. They did worse 
than that in the old cake walk." 
"They did, eh?" he answered. "Well, 
out it goes, just the same." 

At other times a bit of dialog 
with a howl, or a piece of business 
that was well done enough to be 
but a mite si>icy. yet the pencil, a/id 
again the protest. "Aren't you hold- 
ing them down too hard, Mr. Mack," 
the Variety man would ask. "You 
will take the hearts out of them 
and kill their best laughs. You can 
see (or hear) much worse than that 
in any theatre in town." "You can, 
eh?" he would answer. "Well, out 
it goes just the same." 

For this unofllcial censor is J. 
Herbert Mack, president of the Co- 
lumbia Amtiscn.ent Company, one 
of the nicest fellows personally that 
may be met with in the show bus- 
iness, but a martinet when it cornea 
down to a question of a "clean" or 
"dirty" >ehow. To the insistence of 
Mr. Mack may be laid the present 
status of a Columbia theatre at- 
traction, a wholesome perform.ance 
of the burlesque type that draws &9 
many women as men to that theatre 
at Briadway and Forty-seventh 

No less stringent is Frederick M", 
McCloy, the business manager of ih4 
Columbia, New York. Mr. McCloy 
has been with the Columbia Amuse- 
ment Co. for about 12 years. Of 
extensive newspaper experience and 
acquaintance, Columbia burlesque 
did not commence to come to the 
fore as a recognized amu.sement 
until Mr. McCloy stdrted the dra- 
matic men of the New York dailies 
toward his theatre. He did not 
start them until satisfied tho per- 
formance there would be what he 
guaranteed it. Tho dramatic men 
often have dropped into tho Co- 
lumbia since, have given the shows 
there some nice and lengthy notices; 
they have enjoyed the performances 
and it has changed their opinion o£ 
burlesriue, which the New York 
daily papers had Ignored for time 
immemorial, until Fred McCloy, by 
individual talk and calls, persuaded 
the men of the dailies to visit his 

McCloy is with Mack on the the- 
ory of eh'an shows. If anything Mc- 
Cloy went just a bit farther. At one 
time Mj-C^'Ioy ])ropo.sed to Mack 
that, what is known as the "nance" 
character, be stopped O!) the bur- 
le.^tiue sliiKC. McCJ<iy still per.^istB 
on that point. He just can't see anf 
comedy in it. McCloy also unolficial 
ly censor?* the Ph«iws at the C<»lum- 
bia, and in Mack's absence marks 
down the' cuts. Between the two 
(Centin)|tfd on page 15) 

jy ^.Ji \i 

Friday. July 7. 1923 


OPENING $21,077 

Each of 38 Producers Pays 
$554 Into Railroad Pool- 
Wheel Starts Aug. 28 

Every franchise holder on the 
Columbia burlesque wheel received 
a letter this week calling upon him 
to send his check for $554 to the 
central office as his portion of the 
total coat of $21,077 required to 
jnowe 38 shows to their opening 
stands. The season opens officially 
Aug. 28. 

The opening points have been set, 
bot they will not be made public 
until next Monday, July 10. By that 
time every Columbia manager must 
have deposited his check for the pro 
rata charge or it will be assumed 
that he does not desire to go 
through with the pooling arrange- 
ment. Until next Monday nobody 
will know where his uhow opens and 
If he does not enter the pool he 
does not know but that his opening 
stand will be a distant one. 

A new system has been arranged 
for lining the sliows up. Managers 
have been required to submit to the 
board a written statement of his 
feature, such as whether Iuh ctxoi 
is headed by an Irish, Hebrew or 
tramp comedian. After this declar- 
ation the manager cannot change 
his comedian until six weeks after 
the opening. Meantime the shows 
have been so arranged that as much 
time as possible will elapse between 
the appearance of two shows with 
t^e same type of comedian. In 
some cases it is said there are gaps 
of four weeks between comics of 
the same style. 


Barney Gerard's "Follies of the 
Day" topped the Columbia list for 
gr6ss receipts this season. This Is 
exclusive of the seven weeks' run 
of the show, following the regular 
season at the Gayety, Boston. 
Mollie Williams Show wa€ second, 
and Billy Watson's show third. 

Bedini's "Peekaboo" led the Co- 
lumbia shows the previous season 
In the way of gross receipts, and 
Mollie Williams was second. 


r*8w On« Now Forming — Marcus 
in Bankruptcy 

With recent reports from Boston 
that A. B. Marcus had been placed 
In involuntary bankruptcy through 
his operation of the "Marcus Show" 
last season, an announcement was 
sent out this week that "A. B. 
Marcus of the Marcus Producing 
Co., Inc. of Boston" Is preparing 
another "Marcus Show" to open 
Aug. 7 at Perth Amboy, N. J., play- 
ing a few weeks around New York 
and then heading for the coast. 

Chas. Brave will manage the 
show, with Claude Long ahead. 

Among the people announced en- 
gaged are Harry (Heinle) Cooper, a 
six-piece women's Jazz band, Frank 
Pickett, Harry Frankel, Althea 
Barnes and Minnie Durke. 

• Boston, July 5. 

While there has boon some talk 
about chattel mortgages and manip- 
ulation of arjsets in the bankruptcy 
proceedings started against Abra- 
ham B. Marcus, little interest is ex- 
hibited In his affair.T around here. 

Murcua operated the Marcus 
Show last season. Stories he owed 
money for bills In connection with 
his show were often heard. 

The bankruptcy petition seems 
friendlj', though involuntary against 
Marcus. It claims he made pre- 
ferred payments, while knowingly 
insolvent, to Claude H. Long and 
Gayle Burlingame of $500 and $5,100 

The petitioners were the Wolf 
Fording Co., Peter Sparks and 
Charles Turner; $975 is mentioned 
as owing for scenery and costumes 
to one or all. 

Marcus' local address Is 82 Rox- 
bury street, Boston. A full of 
liabilities and assets is to be flled 
this week. 




Twenty years ago the Columbia 
Amusement Company 'was incorpo- 
rated—on July 12. 1902. The Incor- 
porators were Gus Hill, Phil Sheri- 
dan, Bob Manchester, Harry Mar- 
tell, Louis Roble. J. Herbert Mack, 
Fred Irwin. Abe Lcavitt, George 
Rice, A. H. Woodhull, Harry Morris, 
Charlie Barton. Harry Bryant, Will 
N. Drew, Harry W. Williams, Jr., 
and Sam A. Scribner. 

We met down in the old Astor 
House. We did not dare let the Em- 
pire Circuit or the Eastern Circuit 
Manager*)' Association know that wc 
were organizing, for fear that we 
would have been thrown out. 

The directors for the first year 
were George Rice, Harry Morris, A. 
H. Woodhull, J. Herbert Mack, Gus 
Hill and Sam A. Scribnor. Charles 
H. Waldron was the first president. 
Mr. Wcodhull was the first vice- 
president. Louis Robie was the first 

zation for the previous year be ac- 
cepted and ratified." It was sec- 
onded by Harry Morris and was 
passed by tho unanimous votp of all 

The second year Charlie Barton 
was elected president. Ben Hurtig 
was elected vice-pretident and held 
the office until he died, when his 
brother Jules was elected in his 
place and has held the office ever 

Ben Hurtig was a loyal, decent, 
square, upright, honest man and a 
bulwark of strength to the organiza- 
tion. I think of Ben Hurtig a great 
many times. Besides being a great 
help to the organization, he was a 
lovable character and a fellow one 
could tie to. When Ben said "yes" 
you could go to sleep on it; It wa? 
"yes" forever and at all times as far 
as he was concerned. 

On July 12, 1906, at 2 p. m. there 

vacancy and has been our treaaurer 
over since. A distinct gain of an im- 
portant kind was felt when Mr. Hy- 
nicka consented to accept the treas- 
urership of the corporation. He was 
reluctant to assume the multifarious 
duties of the office on account of his 
far-reaching and important private 
affairs, among them being the exac- 
tions and activities of his position as 
Republican National Committeeman 
for Ohio. The main point is Mr, 
Hynlcka did accept, and his expert- 
nesg In financial operations and the 
wisdom of his advice In all questions 
of policy have been of Inestimable 

While I am discussing officials this 
story would be incomplete without 
a word of praise for our general 
counsel, Leon Laskl. Mr. Laski has 
been untiring in his devotion to the 
interests of the corporation, and his 
Judgment has been of rare aid, fre- 
quently outside his legal functions. 

Turning to more general topics, I 
don't suppose there is a man, wom- 
an or child connected with this insti- 
tution, from the scrub woman In the 
theatre to the top of the ladder, who 
I doesn't think that they could run thU 



Engaged for Mollie Williame Own 
Show (Cohimbia), Mollie Williams, 
Margie Barrons; Art Franks. Ralph 
Sanford, Robert Jones, Salvadore 
Zita, Cliff Worman, A. R. Ditmas 
(manager), Harry Leighton (mu- 
sical director). 

Burlesque Producers Spend- 
ing More for Productions 
in Hope of Coup 

For Sim Williams' "Radio (3irls" 
(instead of "The Girls from Joy- 
land" as last season) ; Billy Gilbert, 
Bob and Emma Wilson, Melody j 
Trio, Cleora, foreign dancer; War- 
ren Fablr, Billy Baker, James Wil- 
liame, Sam Clark. 

For Watson's "Beef Trust": 
Billy Wateon, James Francis Sulli- 
,van, Marette Sisters, Jules Jacobs, 
with al Humer stage manager, and* 
20 chorus girls announced. 


(First name is Judgment debtor; 
creditor and amount follows.) 

Ray H. Leason and E. M. Jacobs; 
J. Harnett; $267.22. 

Key Holding Corp.; Claremont 
Pilm Laboratories; $3,121.45. 

Kitty Gordon; M. Rosenthal et 
al.; $598.65. 

Mawn Amusement Co.; T. J. 
Drennan, Commissioner; $59.20. 

Fourteenth St. Amusement Co., 
Inc.; T. J. Drennan, Commissioner; 

Nat Feldman; Am. Photo Players 
Co.; $395.70. /\ 

William G. Massaferte; A. Dwan; 
$5,863.59. \ 

Joe Smith and Charles Dale; H. 
Goodwin; $695. 

Jennie Wagner; Hotel Clarldge, 
Inc.; $84.11. 

David Lamar; Hunt & West, Inc.; 

L, A H. Enterprises, Inc.; Wyan- 
oak Pub. Co., Inc.; $499.55. 

Charles L. Lanigan; Tribune 
Productions. Inc.; $2,248.98. 

Bankruptcy Petition 
Kosmo Corp., operating Club 
Maurice, 1654 Broadway (involun- 

Variety's announcement from 
London that a syndicate of British 
managers have in mind the estab- 
liehment of a burlesque circuit on 
that side, drawing much material 
from the American shows, has done 
more to stir the activities of the 
American burlesque producers on 
the Columbia circuit than anything 
that has happened. 

Jean Bedini's "Chuckles" ot the 
Oxford. London, has opened the 
eyes of the British showmen to the 
posfiibllities of the burlesque style 
of entertainment and d^olumbla 
franchise holders are In l^en com- 
petition to put on a production that 
can stand along side that organiza- 

The greater part of the 88 Co- 
lumbia wheel shows will revive the 
custom of playing from two to three 
weeks preliminary time prior to the 
official circuit opening next sea- 
son. The playing of preliminary 
dates had been the rule for a num- 
ber of years up to last season, when 
it was temporarily abandoned. 

The opening of the regular Co- 
lumbia season will likely be the last 
week In August. 

Campbell's "Youthful Follies'' O.K/d 
The complaint flled by Miner- 
Gerard, Inc.. with the Columbia 
Amusement Co. against the use of 
"Youthful Follies" as a title by 
Wm. S. Campbell for the former 
"London Belles" next season has 
been disallowed. Campbell there- 
fore win call his show "Youthful 

The contention of the Miner- 
Gerard Arm was that the word 
"Follies" in another Columbia show 
might cause confusion between it 
and Gerard's "Follies of the Day." 

-Charlie Klhg, "Little Kelly Kelly* 

(released from Shubert unit show 
for this Cohan production). 

Holly Connolly, "Pin -Wheel." 

Margaret Lawrence, for "Tho 
End leys CUair^" C^V L, Ellanger). i aged $7,4iOO weekly. 

22 Men in Park's Orchestra 
When the Minskys open the Park, 
New York, with stock burlesque in 
September, it will have an orchestra 
of 22 men. Louis Furman, now mu- 
sical director at Henderson's. Coney 
Island, win be the leader aX the 

Ger^d Show Closes to $7,500 
Barney Gerarchi '^Follies of the 
Day" closed at the Gayety, Boston, 
Saturday, after a seven weok.s' run. 
The "Follies' did slightly under 
$7,500 last week. The show aver- 



1 ). 

secretary, Harry Marten the first 


The first rollcall waa made July 
13. 1903, and the following respond- 
ed: "Crackerjacks." Manchester & 
HUl; "Tiger Lilies," Scribner & 
Drew; "The Australians," Harry 
Bryant; "The Knickerbockers," 
Louis Roble; "American Beauties." 
BWly Watson; "The Trocaderos," 
Bryant & Watson; "High Rollers," 
A. H. Woodhull; "The Brigadiers," 
Harry Martell; "Bowery Bur- 
lesquers," Hurtig & Seamon; "The 
Transatlantics," Hurtig & Seamon; 
the Al Reeves Show, Al Reeves; 
"Big Gaiety," Rice & Barton; "Rose 
Hill." Rice & Barton; "City Sports." 
Phil Sheridan; the Irwin Show. Fred 
Irwin; "World Beaters." Roble & 
Mack; "A Night on Broadway." 
Harry Morris; "The Royals." Peter 
S. Clark; "Morning CJlorics." Scrib- 
ner & Drew. Frank B. Carr. with 
his "Thoroughbreds," and Abe Lcav- 
itt. with his "Rentz-Santley" Co.. 
joined us the second year. 

I don't Know what was done that 
year, but t fthd on the first minute 
book that a motion was made by Mr. 
Scribner. before the election of the 
directors for tho entulng year, "that 
all acts done and performed by the 
oXQccrs and directors of this «rgant> 

was held a meeting of the Board of 
Directors. Those present were J. 
Herbert Mack. A. H. Woodhull, It. 
Lawrence Weber and Sam A. Scrib- 
ner. A quorum of directors being 
present. Mr. Weber, acting as chair- 
man, declared the qfime duly assem- 
bled. «A motion was made by Mr. 
Scribner and seconded by Mr. 
Woodhull that Mr. Mack be elected 
president of the corporation for the 
enufling year. Mr. Mack has been 
president ever since. At this same 
meeting Gus Hill waa elected 

The first treasurer of the company 
was Harry Martell. After we got Into 
conflictlon with the Empire Circuit 
his Interests compelled him to resign 
as treasurer and go over to tho Em- 
pire Gircult. where his Investments 
were. The next treasurer was (Jus 
Hill. Mr. Hill's business Interests got 
so large (this wag In tho old Stair 
& Havlin days) that ho could not 
attend to the duties of a treasurer 
and so resigned. Lawrence Weber 
was appointed In his place. Weber 
.suddenly discovered Fome •busTheas 
in lOngland that was stronger th.Tn 
his connections here, and conse- 
quently he resigned and left the 

Ivud K. Ilynicka stopped inlo^tho 

business better than I can. I can look 
out of my window and see 150 man- 
agers, agents, actora and what not 
standing on the corner of 7th avenue 
and 47th street, and everyone is 
firmly convinced In his own mind 
that he could conduct the affairs of 
the Columbia Amusement Co. a 
whole lot better than I can, and 
everyone has a different idea how it 
should be done. That makes 450 
Ideas that would be going in 450 
different directions If some one were 
not here to keep them from doing it. 
Indeed, the fact Is that about the 
only two men who have not told me 
how to conduct the company's af- 
fairs are Nat Golden and Julius 

For Instance, when a local man- 
ager Is discharged he immediately 
proceeds to tell everybody who will 
listen to him how short-sighted I 
have been, and that he alone is tho 
only man in the world who knows 
how to conduct that particular thea- 
tre surco.sHfulIy. And In general ho 
cites what a rotton lot of executives 
and o.fT l< <.ra tliere are In this bust* 

llrro Is an example: I had occa- 

.sjnn only a slmrt time ago to let a 

mm out of one of our principal 

the<itr»'H in the wt ;*r. • He wa?< ert^* 

iContiituird'on page 16)' ^ 



Friday, July 7. 1922 



''Not Enough Money to Buy the Ringling Circus/' 
Says Inner Circle Man — Paying Attention Only 
to Their Own Business — No Circus Large Enough 
to Compete with Barnum-Bailey Show 

•Where are you getting this stuff 
about a 'circus war'? said an inner 
circle man of the Ringling organisa- 
tion to a Variety representative. 
■•'Don't you know there is no circus 
large enough to compete with the 
Ringling Brothers - Barnum Bailey 

Informed the stories as reported 
In Variety concerning the circus 
situation were those going the 
rounds of the outdoor showmen, the 
Ringling adherent replied: 

"Don't you believe it. The circus 
people know better. If anyone has 
been telling Variety stuff like that, 
he has been slipping it something. 
The Ringling show pays no atten- 
tion to anything but the Ringling 
show. It has no opposition. Wheth- 
er it follows some other circus the 
day or the week or the month after, 
is immaterial. There is only one 
*blg show.' 

"And about the story you had 
the Ringlings might be induced to 
sell the Ringling-Barnum Bailey 
circus: If that were not a joke it 
was propaganda. There isn't 
enough money to buy the Ringlings' 
circus. Take a little tip from some- 
one who doesn't care either way — 
don't fall for the propaganda thing. 
It will never get anybody anywheres 
as far as the Ringlings are inter- 

The Ringling man had reference 
to a recent story In Variety that 
another group of circus men were 
figuring An eventually finding the 
Ringlings in a position where they 
might dispose of the Ringling fBar- 
numBailey) circus for $4,000,000. 

A circus man to whom this was 
placed before was asked how these 
reports might be looked upon as 
••propaganda." He answered the 
stories as printed did have a sus- 
picious sound, that It could easily 
be read through them that they 
were "dope" reports (i.e., what other 
circus people thought could possi- 
bly happen). The lack of substan- 
tiality, he stated, In any of them 
■would of Itself And little credence 
among the moro knowing circus 

"To my mind." he said, "there Is 
a vain hope among some circus 
men that if they could get hold of 
the Ringling name they could do a 
lot with it. That hope Is not alone 
confined to circus men, however. 
Any number of monled people have 
seen the same opportunity. The 
circus people thought who 
have spread this propaganda, if it 
Is that, might reasonably suppose 
they could manipulate the Ringling 
name (the circus, of course, will al- 
ways take .care of itself) to better 
advantage than an outsider. 

"But that to me Is uncompliment- 
ary to the Ringlings. John Ring- 
ling knows as much about the cir- 
cus business and the Ringlings as 
anyone. It Is unlikely at this day 
that John Ringling is going to lend 
himself and his name to a specula- 
tive crowd while he Is conscious. 
He has had too many propositions 
from financial circles, on this sido 
and from Europe, to capitalize the 
Ringling name and the Ringlings' 
show. He has turned every one 
down, to my knowledge." 

Asked what he thought of the re- 
port the Ringling Brothers-Barnum 
Bailey circus Is worth $4,000,000, the 
circus man said that was something 
he could not answer. "Who on the 
outside can tell what John Ringling 
considers his property worth? We 
all know It's the greatest outdoor 
money-maker in the world. The 
Ringlings are circus people. I 
imagine their pride would largely 
enter into any propo.sal they re- 
ceived. When you have pride and 
a staple money-maker of the class 
of the Ringling circu.s, you would 
have to bid pretty high in my e.sti- 
mat ioT i to even make John Ringling 
think about it.' And tlu ii also In 
my opinion, Mr. Ringling would be 
HO solicitiou.s as to what might 
hai>p<n to the name of Ringling in 
•tber bands that he would conclude 

under any circumstances to con- 
tinue his personal operation." 

John Ringling Is reported to have 
declined to discuss any phase of the 
various reports bruted around since 
the summer season started. The 
Ringlings have adopted a similar 
policy of silence and Inattention to 
rumors for years. 


Chicago, July 5. 
The International Fraternal 
Amusement Corporation, with many 

show and outdoor showmen among 
its incorporators, has been organis- 
ed, and offices established in the 
Masonic Temple. The concern was 
organized for the prime purpose of 
putting out winter circuses, carni- 
vals and shows • to play under 
auspices of lodges and fraternal or- 

J. C. Mathews, of the Loew book- 
ing offices, and who has had charge 
of the ten Shrlner circuses put on 
at the Medlnah Temple, has been 
elected president of the new con- 
cern. Ernie Young, vaudeville 
agent and producer, is treasurer, 
and Sam Levy of the United Fair 
Agency is secretary of the o];0ani- 
zation. Among its directors are 
Edward Carruthers of the United 
Fair Agencies and William Sherf- 
flus, Jr., president of the Federal 
Decorating company. The concern 
is incorporated for $25,000. 

It has been figured by the con- 
cern that Mathews, through his 
strong Shrine connections, will be 
able to corral most of the Shrine 
business throughout the country 
and exclude a dozen or more com- 
petitors from this field. 


Nothing in Report Muggivan- 
Ballard-Bowers Have In- 
terest in Independent 




Rock Island, 111., July 5. 

The Transmississlppi Exposition 
and Pageant of Progress closed here 
last night, after six dreary days of 
wretched business. 

Among the circus features were 
the Duttons, equestrians; Valen- 
tines, casting; Diving RIngens, and 
the Scotch Highlanders' Band. 

There were four riding devices 
furnished by Sol's United Shows. 

The exposition features Included 
agricultural, commercial and domqs- 
tic service exhibits, together with 
an automobile show and other at- 

Davenport, la., and Mollne, 111., 
both nearby cities, each held a cele- 
bration at the same time, the oppo- 
sition proving too strong for Rock 

More complete reports of circus 
activities this season give denial to 
the reports Mugglvan-Ballard- 
Bowers have any interest in the 
Al G. Barnes circus. The fact 
seems to be that just now the 
M-B properties wherever possible 
are giving opposition battle to the 
Ilarnes show. 

The Barnes circus is headed eauC 

after opposition through Nebraska 

and another opposition fray has 

been staged between Barnes and 

t)ie M-B shows around the Kansas 

City territory. The Qollmar Bros, 
and the Sells-Floto have been two 
of the Ballard- Muggi van circuses to 
battle Barnes so far. 

It Is being stated that since Mug- 
givan-Ballard appreciate no one of 
their circuses could by itself give 
the Ringling show a flght, as the 
latter has it all over any of the 
others through size and drawing 
power, the Muggivan -Ballard crowd 
is thinking of criss-crossing the 
Ringling show wherever possible by 
at least two of their own, 
in an attempt to beat in the Ringling 
(Barnum & Bailey circus) twice by 
two of its own circuses. 

Mugglvan-Ballard appear to be 
able to secure the movements of 
the Ringling circus quite some time 
In advance. Before July 1 they had 
its route up to July 15, by which 
time It will have come out of 
Canada (at London) and will then 
play through Michigan Into Ohio, 
making Toledo July 15. 

From all reports the Barnum- 
Bailey circus has been doing normal 
business and abnormal business in 
some of the towns, which means 
its usual terrifically large weekly 

The Barnes and Sells-Floto 
circuses will play St. Joseph and 
Kansas City within two weeks of 
each other, with Barnes making 
both cities first, and each show In 
ahead of the Ringlings. 

As the Barnes show comes east, 
it is expected Muggivan -Ballard's 
newly framed Yankee Robinso.i 
circus will be weaving about In 
middle western or the lakes terri- 
tory, prepared to be handled as the 
M-B expert router directs. Every 
route and Jump of all M-B shows 
are said to be submitted first to 
this insider and must have his o. k. 

It is reported the paper and route 
for fhe Yankee Robinson show are 
now being kiid out in Chicago, It Is 
said George Moyer of the M-B 
forces wiljr take out the Yankee 
Robinson circus. 

FYankly, I knew mighty little 
about the business of burlesque 
when I_came to the Columbia the- 
atre nearly 13 years ago. In a gen- 
eral way I was acquainted with the 
type of entertainment presented, but 
the personalities of the profession 
were like a closed book to me. Now, 
after years of observation and ex- 
perience I want to say that I have 
found burlesque people industrious, 
Intelligent, clean-living men and 
women, working in a community of 

Methods of production, the men 
and women performers, the de- 
velopment of the entertainments and 
the audiences claimed my attention. 
In the early days I felt I was serv- 
ing my apprenticeship in a branch 
of show business new to me. And 
I found It of absorbing Interest. 
When I began to do business with 
burlesque ofllcials and producers I 
found them to be diligent and 
patient, to say the least. They did 
all. their own work in the prepara- 
tion of their shows. 

They wrote and arranged the 

form of entertainment beinpr given 
in this country. My preconceived 
nqtions went far wide of hitting the 

Early in my association with thos^ 
In burlesque I found that the execu- 
tives of the Columbia Amusement 
company had the whole burlesque, 
business In the palms of their hands 
and that they had arbitrary pow-« 
ers to govern It wisely and firmly^ 
if It were necessary. There ig 
nothing that performers, managers 
or producers can do that is not sub« 
Ject to the direction, even dictation 
of the executive committee of the 
Columbia Amusement Company—* 
J. Herbert Mack, Sam A. Scribncr 
and Rud K. Hynicka. I shall cite 
an illustration, an Uustration whicli 
seems petty but which nevertheless 
brings out the point very clearly. 
During the first year of the 
Columbia theatre's existence I 
opened a letter addressed to Mr. 
Mack, during his absence from the 
city. It was from a woman who 
ran a boarding house In St. Louis. 
She complained of a burlesque 


Clit«^go, July 1. 
Tlil« is one of the veteran titles 
in the outdoor world. The Reiss 
name figures back 20 years. Nat 
Reiss was a dominating factor 
among carnival people and bpre a 
reputation that is still remembered. 
Though having passed on to his 
widow, Mrs. Nat Rcisa conducts the 
show according to the plan and pol- 
icy of her deceased husband. 

The show last year was leased out 
tu an up«ratin)^ concern on a 
percentage arrangement. Several 
things went wrong, necessitating 
Mrs. Reiss withdrawing the show, 
and this year she put it out undor 
her own management. 

This show when visited was lo- 
cated almost In the center oT one 
of the suburbs of Chicago (Chicago 
Heights) and wa.s given under the 
auspices of the Knights of Colum- 
bus. Though this show travels on 
17 ears, it looked more like 35. There 
was a 'O-cont gate chargo, and on 
the inside everyTh rng^was"^ f o u n d 
spick and spnn, not hard to tell 
there wn.s a woman's hand pulling 
the strings. Everything was so 
clean, with the concessionaires all 

working behind their stands in front 
of good-I'jU|k.'..g displays of mer- 
chandise. /No percentage wheels, 
buy backsl or shill.s. Four rides, 
which consisted of a seaplane, whip, 
merry-go-round and a ferrls wheel, 
with around^ nine paid attractions. 
Hogan's alley, snake pit, athletic 
show, tumble/ inn, pit show and a 
ten-In-one. Also an Hawaiian show 
of three men, two woipen and a 
junior boy, conducted very legiti- 
mately with a clean singing, danc- 
ing and instrumental program. 
There was no other girl show. 

There are between 25 and 30 con- 
cessions conducted in a businesslike 
fashion. The piece de resistance is 
a dog and pony circus that drew 
young and old Into probably the big- 
gest business on the grounds. 

The midway was well patronized, 
with most of the shows doing a very 
good business. 

Harry G. Melville Is general man- 
nger; F. O, Burd, secretary and 
trcasui'er, and Grrirgo H. Coleman, 
general agent. The show wintered 
last In Streator, III. 

The show as seen can easily be 
classified as a white listed carnival. 


books of their productions them- 
selves. I.^ound that the producer 
generally worked with his male 
star or comedian to develop comedy 
situations and bits. And the music 
was not neglected. They conferred 
with their musical directors to 
selest the songs and music for the 
show. And they also took charge 
of the rehearsals of the entire en- 
semble. All of this surprised me, 
for they did the work that produc- 
ers in other branches of the show 
business employed people to do for 

It was not with the thought of 
saving money that the producers 
worked so hard themselves. Bur- 
lesque is a distinct style of enter- 
tainment and these men know what 
the burlesque "fan" wants when he 
goes to a burlesque theatre. And 
the latter exists, without any doUbt. 
He exists just as positively as does 
the baseball fan and the boxing 
fan. My experience proves It. 
Before the Columbia theatre had 
been open three months I had 
acquired at least a bowing 
acquaintance with 60 per cent, of 
the people who came here every 
week. They came regularly every 
week, too, and continue to come. 
They arc real fans. 

In my pre-burlesque days, before 
I had opportunity for careful, 
lirst-hand ob.servatlons, I was led 
to believe that burlesque a 
sort of low-down type of entertain- 
ment. It made Its appeal, I be- 
lieved, through its women who con- 
trived to do all in their power to* the sexual Interest 'Of the 
men in the audience. The come- 
<linns, in their conversfrtlons and in 
comedy scenes, according to my 
notion, as.slsted the women flt their 
suggest ivenrs.s. I want to .say now, 
I have found as an actual fart that 
in those elements Columbia bur- 
lesque is truthfully the cleanest 

actor who had left her house after 
an engagement In that city with* 
out paying his bill, which amounted 
to $12 or $15. I took the letter to 
the executive office. I was In- 
structed to write to the manager of 
the company in which the man wa» 
employed and to Instruct him to 
see that the bill was paid without 
delay and deduct the money from 
the actor's salary. And I wrote to 
the boarding house keeper, asking 
her to let me know if the bill was 
not paid within two weeks of re- 
ceipt of my letter. Within a week 
or ten days she wrote that she had 
received the moiiey due' her. 

It would be an easy matter for me 
to cite 50 ca.seH similar to the one 
just related. As a result of that 
sort of control by the burlesque exe- 
cutives it has become almost a 
truism burlesque people do not 
owe money. I do not want to inti- 
mate that it is frequently necessary 
for the Columbia Amusement Com- 
pany to exercise its powers in this 
direction or that it is necessary to 
compel burlesque people to pay their 
bills. I think they are gaited that 
way naturally. They know that they 
couldn't, get away with it If they 
wanted to, and I know that they 
wouldn't want to, even if they could. 
But, as is inevitable in all large 
groups, I suppose there are a few 
exceptions to this general theory. 
But I know they are fewer 
in burlesque than in any other 
branch of show business. As further 
proof of the accuracy of this as'ser- 
tion we rarely read of a judgment 
being entered against a burlesque 
mnn or woman. 

lUniesque folks have developed a 
spirit of friendship and of comnido- 
ship that is refreshing. They asso- 
ciate closely with one another, h;liare 
their jo|ys and their soriows. p'a" 
and dream among themtclvcs alniOf't 
tContinucd on page 56) 



Friday. July 1. l»i» 




Wortham Shows Close for Toronto and Other Con- 
cerns Bid for 26 State Fairs and Over 200 County 
Fairs — Mugfiiivan-Ballard Behind Plan 

It bc.amc known this week that 
tho Wortham Shows, a big carnival 
concern, had signed an "all or none" 
contract for the Toronto Exposition 
in October. This means that the 
carni/al company w*n take over 
all the concessions and (displays, 
payinjf the exposition a flat sum 
and sharing in the p.oiits on a per- 
centage basis beyond an agreed 


It is said several of the state fairs 
have been handled in the same way 


By J. HERBERT MACK in a hundred ways and can 
give Letter terms to the fair peo- 
ple per front foot v.^ithout advanc- 
ing the frontage rate to the con- 
cessionaire or exhibitor. 

For instance, the Johnny Jones 
Shows could make an "all or none" 
deal with Brockton as part ot a 
chain of New England events that 
could be routed continuously at a 
saving of railroad fares. In its deal- 
ings with concessionaires, and es- 
pecially exhibitors, it could sell 
frontages at Brockton an part of 
the whole group more cheaply than 
. ^ ^ - , . , Brockton alone could sell its own 
before, but this is the flrat deal of frontages and at the same time 
the kind that has come into the ^^^^^ ^^.^y ]j,ockton a^ much as it 

The Columbia Amusement Com- 
pany is a busines.* institution, lirsi, 
last and all the time. 

The theatres on its circuit are 
managed with this fundamental 
constantly in mind. 

We recognize two elements that 
bring money Into our box olTlces. 
They are attractive shows ami 
comfortable, clean, orderly Ihiairt**. 
ofllcered by efficient, courteous and 
loyal men. These go hand in hand 
in our houses. They must exlat 
without Intermlttence. 

The fact that our theatres are 
so widely separated from the gen- 
eral oHlces of the corporation nec- 
essitates the utmost care in tne 
selection of house managers. They 
must be showmen of known 
familiarity with the business and 
with knowledge of present-day 
methods of operation in front and 
back of the curtain, and they must 
be Industrious, It is up to us to 
make no mistakes in the selection. 

such as minor Items for dally no- 
cessitlea for the itage, cleaner'.s 
.supplies and toupon tloket.s, all 
biilH against the theatre are p.'Aid 
every Friday. There never is any 
deviation from this. 

Our credit is of first importance. 

With our policies clearly deilncd. 
our managers are held accountable 
for their observance. They are not 
restricted, however, in their en- 
deavors to Ket business by tne em- 
ployment of their ov.'n of ad- 
vertising in any cmeij^ency requir- 
ing action. Being showmen, and on 
the ground, they arc expected to 
u:.e Kood Judgement in all of their 
operations. W'q exact only that they 
keep Mr. Seribner fully Informed 
at all times of what they are doing. 

In brief, our house managers 
muit be "on the job" always. And 
another important exaction we 
make upon our managers is me 
iiindin:; of a detailed report on the 
«how3. This is in the nature of a 

We aie in a fortunate position to' review or criticism of the perform- I pedient has very rarely been ro- 

the outset of th« aeason. Scenes, 
musical features and performers 
that looked good at rehear.sals fre- 
«iuently "fall down," as the saying 
goes. It is In cases in tho 
early weeks of the season that houso 
managers are expected to bring tluir 
.^showmanship to the aid of tho jiro- 
ducer ajid suggest changes calculated 
to improve the performance. Wo 
rely upon the local managers to 
keep ua fully informed as to the 
merits of shows, and their reports 
a:e very carefuUy studied and com- 
pared in the general office. If fhe 
eonsen.'uis of Judgment is unfavor- 
able we send a qualified man or a 
committee to inspect the perform- 
ance for the purpose of determiningf 
wherein it fails to reach the desired 
standard. Upon receii)t of thiH final 
report and analysis of the show we 
request a conference with the pro- 
ducer and measures are at once 
adopted to eliminate the weak spots 
and substitute material for the gen- 
eral improvement of the entertain- 
ment. The producer Is given 21 dnys 
in which to accomplish tho desired 
changes, failing the accomplishment 
of which the franchise Is taken out 
of his hands and another producer 
assigned. This latter drastic ex- 

now gets, besides doing a greater 
volume of business. 


. Calgary, Can., July 5. 
The Johnny J, Jones Exposition 
opened its Canadian fair season here 
this week. The show will pLay all 
of the big Northwestern fair dates 
before returning to the States, 
where it will fill Southern fair 
events, with all consecutive fairs 
until December 15, when the show 
will go into winter quarters at Or- 
lando. Fla. 

Aiten Contracting for United Co. 

Toledo, July ». 

Tom Aiten Is now making the 
contracts ahead of Morasca and 
Harts' United Amusement Co. The 
show is a ten-car organization car- 
rying three riding devices, seven 
shows and about thirty concessions. 

The show is playing through 
Ohio, mostly under Le- 
gion auspices. 


Ringling Bros.-B.-B. 

July 7, 8, Toronto; 10, Hamilton, 
Canada; 11; Kitchener; 12, London; 
13, Port Huron, Mich.; 14, Flint, and 
15, Toledo. 

Soils Floto 

July 7, 8, 9, St. Louis; 10, Quincy, 

111.; 11, Centervllle, Iowa; 12, 

Shenandoah; 13, Omaha. Neb; 14, 

St. Joseph, Mo.; 15-16, Kansas City. 

open. The intide story is that tho 
plan is the work of Ed Ballard and 
Jerry Muggivan. principally known 
as prop.ietors of circuses, but said 
by showmen to be widely interested 
In carnival companies all over the 

The proposition is an intricate 
one with many angles and its pro- 
moters are said to be going after 
it in a wholesale way. making bids 
for all the principal state- fairs, 
numbering 26, and the main county 
fairs which run beyond 200. 

The contention is that an efficient 
organization can supply a better 
line of attractions to bring the peo- 
ple out than the scattered smaller 
amusement agents and for less 
money. Another principal angle is 
that such an organization could re- 
establish the institution of the in- 
du.strial exhibit which -f late years 
had somewhat fallen into disuse. 
Practically all the fairs formerly had 
elaborate exhibitions of agricultural 
machinery, but the manufacturers 
gradually let this sales and publicity 
medium lapse because the manufac- 
turers were not prosperous; the 
handling of a season's exhibits in 
■widely separated places required 
the upkeep of an expensive depart- 
ment and entailed a vast amount of 
trouble in contract making, pack- 
ing and shipping and railroading. 
To Revive Exhibits 

Since the beginning of farm pros- 
perity that came with the war the 
old practice has been in part re- 
newed, but not to the previous ex- 
tent. It is said to be the plan of 
the Dallard-Muggivan people to go 
after this industrial exhibit busi- 
ness in a big way, putting a force 
of solicitors on tho road to canvass 
the breakfast food, tobacco, farm 
machinery and cigaret people as 
well as covering the whole field of 
national advertisers. 

The sales argument of the pro- 
moters will be that their organiza- 
tion can handle the whole exhibit at 
a minimum of cost and by reason 
of their co-operative system of play- 
ing whole routes of fairs from late 
August until well into October, can 
route an exhibit over wide terri- 
tory, delivering valuable nation- 
wide publicity for lines of goods 
and trade-marks at relatively small 

The profit of the system comes 
from the "all or none" contract. The 
carnival companies will take over 
the whole fair, paying an agreed- 
upon price for "front footage" on 
the .'holesalo plan and selling it in 
parcels at retail. Fair associations 
are said already to be sold on the 
proposition that the delivery of all 
concessions to a single carnival 
coacern is good bu-iiness. The as- 
sociation gets a lump sum promptly, 
based on some computation of previ- 
ous years instead of making in- 
numerable small collections from in- 
dividual concessionaires and ex- 
hibitors and is relie ed from the 
labor and cost of negotiating indi- 
vidual contracts. 

Profit from Big Operations 

The carnival people argue that 
they can contract or manage con- 
ce.s.slons for a group of fairs .'ind 
solicit exhibits for a whole route of 
0ut-of-dbor events as cheaply ns a 
single fair association caa handle 
a single exposition. 

Since they handle the proposition Shows at Oshkosh, Wis., a few days 
on a wholesale basis they can cut I ago. 

Al G. Barnes 
July 7, Ottumwa, Iowa; 8, Musca- 
tine; 10, Burlington; 11, Galesburg, 
111.; 12, Kewanee; 13, Canton; 14, 
Jacksonville; 15, Lincoln. 

Walter L. Main 
July 7, Woonsocket, R. 
Samielson, Conn. 

I.; 8, 


W. H. Rice and Dick Ferris are 
promoting an outdoor celebration at 
Culver City, Cal. 

A. H, Hogan, formerly with the 
H. W. Campbells United Shows, has 
joined the T. O, Moss Shows as 
business manager and adjuster. 

Several carnivals have Installed 
radio outfits on their show trains 
and in the offlce wagons. Some have 
sending and receiving facilities. 

Carnivals playing west of the 
Missouri report a vast improvement 
ii. business conditions the past few 
weeks. Conditions in the far West 
are reported as still bad for outdoor 

R. n. Doan has clo.«;ed as press 
agent with Clark's Hroadway Shows. 

Fred Miller, owner and manager 
of the Miller Midway Shows, is 
recoveriog from a broken arm sus- 
tained in a recent accident. 

A lieavy panel show front was 
badly damaged by a windstorm 
which struck the Creat White Way 



chooM our managers. The jobs are 
desirable and inviting because our 
seasons are Invariably long and 
salaries are good and sure. 

General policies are adopted by 
the main oflUce and our managers 
are required to observe them. lUit 
the details, such as engaging the 
houso staffs, keeping the theatres 
clean and in constant repair and 
looking after their upkeep In every 
department are left entirely to the 

The executive committee of the 
corporation, consisting of Mr. Scrib- 
ner, Mr. Hynieka and myself, who 
are also the voting trustees, meet 
in dally conference and map out tin- 
plans governing the entire circuit. 

Mr. Scribner. who Is in con.stant 
close touch with the managers, all 
of whom are \intlor his direction, re- 
ceives daily sintements of the re- 
celi»ts of each tlieitre. together 
with a (hjplicate deposit slip of 
each (lay's receipt.*?, which are de- 
posited' in the local batiks knd a 
check for the profits sent Into our 
ofllce nt the end of each week. 

With the exception of a few V) 
days running or open account.s, 

ance and a description of the pro- 
duction. The manager is cm- 
powered to arbitrarily order elimi- 
nated from the performance any 
part of the dialog, action or musi- 
cal numbers that In his judgment 
is objectionable. We proceed on tne 
principle that our patrons are the 
buyers of our goods and our em- 
ployes the salesmen, with the man- 
ager in charge and responsible to 
the generaf cfflce. 

Daily box ofTlce statements con- 
vey Information of weather condi- 
tions and ''opj)osltion" for that day. 
and are carefully s<^anned here In 
N'ew York. This enables us to make 
roinparlson.'j which ultimately gives 
us a lino on the drawing powers of 
the .«<ho\vs. 

All things being equal — weather 
conditions, time of year, opposition 
or other conditions over which we 
have no control — we can see no rea- 
j;on why one .show's rereii)ts should 
fall below those of any other except 
inferiority of the Fhow. We know 
the pro<lucers strive to secure at- 
trartions that will <lraw money. Hut. 
as in all other end.? of the business, 
this is not aJways accomptisheJ at 


sorted to, however, with (he result 
our shows are generally satisfactory 
within six or eight weeks after the 
beginning of the season. 

By these methods it will be ob- 
served the management of the the- 
atres In a very Important part of our 
general operations. 

As I have said, the Columbia 
Amusement Company Is to all in- 
tents and purposes a commercial in- 
stitution. We do not aspire to a 
high degree of "art for art's sake." 
Our theatres are established for the 
puri> of furnishing entertainment 
that will amuse the public by lively 
comedy, popular music and enjoy- 
able dancing, supplemented by color- 
ful displays of scenic and costume 
adornm(^nt and with pretty, graceful 
girls. W^e permit nothing upon our 
stages that even slightly savors ol 
Indecency in word or action. Art. 
as such, does not enter into our 
preparations. We want shows that 
will draw money to our theatrfMit- 
Our pre -season plans call for the 
exi»eiidihire of large sums of money 
at r ly point on the circuit, and 
'(Continued on page &!>) 




Friday, July 7. I92t 



Internal Evils of Carnival Management Come Out — 
Better Reports of Late on Business — Less Grift 
This Summer — Small Towns' Just Complaints 

There has been an improvement 
In carnival conditions In the past 
few weelis. From all over come re- 
ports of better business. A deal 
of rain in some sections and the 
0I1OWS have suffered in consequence, 
while in some parts of the Kast 
Fhows have reported good crowds, 
but no money. 

Michigan has shown a vast im- 
provement over last season and west I 
of the Missouri most of the shows 
have experienced a marked increase 
over the business of the earlier part 
of the season. The Southwest re- 
ports a better business. With the 
exception of a few spots in the East, 
the Middle West and the Paclflc 
coast, there seems .o be a gradual 

but healthy Improvement. 

Carnival managers, for the first 
time In history, have openly admit- 
ted the alarming conditions. A few 
have said they have had a hard 
time keeping their shows moving 
Against the opposition of conditions. 
It Is also stated there Is a marked 
change In the standard of carnivals 
this year. Many a company that has 
deemed the "cooch" show and "49 
Camp" Indispensable in the past 
has cut out the objectionable fea- 
tures and now has a clean midway. 
The "strong joint" and the "thiev- 
ing store" have had difficulty in 
finding a place to land. Many man- 
agers who never before have done 
without the "grift" cither cleaned 
Up entirely or are now busy with 
the process of ridding their shows of 
all and every feature that could or 
might give offense. 

Concession Men Complain 
Concession men have complained 
of the treatment received from the 
manager or of the exorbitant rates 
hi is compelled to pay for space at 
some much-heralded and over-ad- 
vertised "doings" which turns out to 
be a rank "bloomer." Another show 
man kicks about the low percentage 
he gets and with which he is expected 
to pay all of the expenses, while dis- 
grur.llcd committees complain about 
the carnival agent who comes into 
town and makes a contract and 
then, after the local committee has 
gone to much expense and trouble, 
evn having secured a license, the 
carnival fails to show, nor does Mr. 
Agent excuse the cancellation. 

A number commented on the re- 
cently published letters of Harry 
Crandall and William Creevcy, both 
well known carnival contracting 
agents, and other letters requested 
answers to certain queries pertain- 
ing to different features of the pres- 
■-ent carnival situation. 

One of those is from a conces- 
sioner who was then in Dallas. He 
says in part: 

"You printed an Interesting story 
taken from the concessioners' view- 
point. There are listed in the 
United States at the present time 
approximately 250 carnivals. 1 am 
seeking this information through 
you: Of all the carnivals In the 
United' States, hew many managers 
can answer the following question? 
Could they exist without the con- 

''There may be one or two who 
mfly answer 'yes,' but I say that this 
is an absolute impossibility. Even 
the few organizations I claim to be 
worthy of recognition could not exist 
''or transport their material through- 
out the year without the conces- 
sionrr. He is the spinal column of 
the carnival organization. 

"I have no use for carnivals of 
any kind and left them because, 
from my experience, which has 
always been with the so-called real 
big ones, was that the carnival 
managers always took advantage of 
the concessioner because they knew 
that when a biff and responsible 
concession man once contracted 
with their organization ho has a 
hard time to move all of his para- 
phernalia to another show, after the 
season opened. 

Why Take Advantage? 
**Why do carnival managers take 
"advantage of concessioners and why 
do most of them use the conces- 
sioners as animals around their or- 
ganization? Why do they keep 
charging them exorbitant prices, 
•uch as was stated in Variety? 

These very same carnival managers 
that charge the prices to conces- 
sioners when they play a celebra- 
tion or get to a city that looks ex- 
ceptionally good, from the lying 
telegrams sent in advance by their 
contracting agents, they immediate- 
ly raifte the amounts anywhere from 
$5 to 125 a foot. 

"What are the results? *NIne out 
of every ten of these cities do not 
live up to what the show owner 
claims them to be to the conces- 
sioners and they, therefore, are put 
on the nut to the manager and are 
forced into putting on crooked con- 
cessions of some kind to try and 
make up the nut and get even with 
the office. 

"1 know one manager who owns 
several large enterprises In the 
United States and who is sometimes 
called 'The Giant of the Universe.' 
He never has a set figure* for his 
concessioners, but charges them ac- 
cordingly, after he sees what the 
town looks like, the lowest possible 
price per wheel being |75. This 
does not include lights, wagOt< rental 
and transportation, all extra. This 
same manager may claim he can get 
along without the concessioners, but 
I would like to see him try it 

"In one issue you said that a con- 
cessioner with a few concessions 
could get a merry-go-round, a ferrls 
wheel and a side show, give it a 
name and go through the country 
making a lot of trouble. 1 agree 
with you that these gypsy outfits 
are really the sewer of the show 

"Who causes thisT Who is to 
blame? No one but the carnival 
managers themselves. They force 
the issue. Their exorbitant rentals 
and their ill-treatment of the con- 
cessioners cause these to go Into 
business for themselves. You sec 
the result; you hear of them. Town 
after town closed to them. The big 
shows are the cause of it. They 
can't help but admit It. 

"I can bring about out-door 
amusement features that will do 
away with ievery carnival organiza- 
tion in the United States. The same 
applies to the small circuses that 
carry graft and which can only 
transport their organization over 
the road with graft. If they elim- 
inated graft they couldn't exist. 

"I am still In the amusement bus- 
iness but not with a car.iival, and 
I do not havj to deal with carnival 
managers. I do not carry gypsy 
outfits and do not tolerate graft. I 
don't carry grafters nor side shows 
with banners on the front proclaim- 
ing the wonders Inside and fooling 
the public with nothing but hum- 

Always Will Be Carnivals 
A v/ell-known carnival manager 
once said: "As long as they build 
merry-go-rounds, there will be car- 
nivals." With some modifications, 
plus a thorough cleanslnr. the car- 
nival In some form or other will 
continue to flourish. The man from 
Dallas wants to know If the av- 
erage carnival show could exist 
without the concessions? It is a 
question which has been the sub- 
ject of discussion among big out- 
door owners for some time. At 
' many of the State fairs, all conces- 
sions are booked independent of the 
carnival, and at those events the 
shows have only their amusement 
attractions to rely on. Some of 
these managers, mostly of shows of 
the larger type, have been often 
prone to regard the concessioner in 
a far-from-friendly lighi. In in- 
stances ho has been coerced and 
harshly treated. More than one 
manager declares he could get along 
better without concessions. 

Of the unde.qlrahle and crooked 
kind he would be better rid of, but 
clean and legitimate game of skill is 
another matter. It is a carnival 
question deep and intricate. It re- 
quires the sober judgment and in- 
telligent opinion of many. 

One prominent carnival owner 
stated: "Without concessions many 
a carnival would never live to cel- 
ebrate July 4." At a few of the big 
State fairs, where there Is an 
enormous attendance an I an all- 
day play, the big show with Its 
(Continued on page 57) 


Meeting Called in Chicag 
Ballard-Muggivan Idea for 
Winter Circuses 

Chicago, July 5. 

Mugglvan, Ballard & Bowers have 
decided that expansion of their cir- 
cus endeavors to the winter season 
may place them in a position 
whereby it might be possible for 
them to g£Cin tbe upper hand in the 
circus field. 

With this idea in view, Ed Ballard 
this week called a meeting of all the 
convention hall managers in the 
large cities of the middle west at the 
Congress hotel. Present were con- 
vention hall managers from Min- 
neapolis, St. Paul. Kansas City, 
Omaha, St. Louis, Denver and Chi- 
cago. There was outlined a plan 
whereby the Muggivan-Ballard- 
Bowers organization will go into the 
indoor winter circus field, and that 
through the convention hall men's 
co-operation would be enabled to 
play in the larger cities for exten- 
sive periods. The men seemed to 
look on the plan with favor. 

The shows to be presented are to 
be of the massive and spectacular 
type, requiring many performers to 
do the various specialties and en- 
semble stunts. 

The plan laid before the conven- 
tion heads was to have their road 
men go out and solicit lodges, fra- 
ternal organizations, chambers of 
commerce, rotary clubs, kiwanis 
clubs and charitable organizations 
to have the winter circus appear in 
their respective towns under an or- 
ganization's auspices. 

It Is said these affairs will be han- 
dled In the same manner as circuses 
using an advance car and a ten-day 
car. It will also enable M. B. &B. 
to holt! their performers on a 40- 
week contract and allow for train- 
ing of animals while actually work- 


Run by Frank P. Spellman, 

Then Taken Over by Po- 

tice Association 

Buffalo. July 6. 

After the carnival under the 
auspices of the Police Mutual Aid 
and Benefit Association had been 
run for two weeks by Frank P. 
Spellman, the local organizatioii 
took it over and conducted it for 
a third week. It was then too late 
to retrieve the heavy losses, It is 
said. A deficit of anywhere up to 
$100,000 is expected to be reported 
within a few days when the final 
figures are computed. 

Varying stories and reports about 
the carnival may be heard all over 
town. The project is looked upon 
as the worst kind of fia.sco. Spell- 
man Is said to have told the police 
organization It should have a net 
for Itself of over 150,000 from the 

Some extra attractions were fea- 
tured. Including a former champion 
wrestler, but nothing met with 
response from the public. 

Spellman Is said to have come out 
of retirement near here to put this 
one over. 


Chicago, July 5. 
David A. Wise will handle the 
Veal Brothers' carnival, represent- 
ing the widow of John D. Veal, who 
owned the show and was killed by 
unknown assailants June 16 at 
Jollet, 111. 


Al Tintch Assistant Manager 

Tulsa, Gkla., July 6. 

Al Tlnsch has been appointed 
a.ssiHtant manager of the John T. 
Worthann Shows, here for two weeks 
under the auspices of the American 

A wild west with eight people and 
18 head of stock has been added to 
the show. 

In speaking of burlesque of the 
future, only burlesque flying the 
banner of the Columbia Amusement 
Co. can enter at this time. All 
other is nondescript, if there is any 

One annoyance, anchor, drag or 
ball and chain, whatever it may be 
termed. Is that so many Irrespon- 
sible producers and attractions will 
tag their product with "burlesque*' 
or "extravaganza." Regular bur- 
lesque must stand for all of them, 
for there Is no plan yet devised 
through which the lay public may 
distinguish or discriminate. 

Probably no better Illustration 
could be made than one very fair 
'Sized city in Pennsylvania last win- 
ter issuing an ultimatum no bur- 
lesque show would be granted per- 
mission to play there. As a matter 
of fact and record, no Columbia 
Amusement show had ever ap- 
peared in that city. The edict was 
based on some attraction that called 
Itself burlesque. It was possible, of 
course, that the show, as many do, 
had purchased a lot of old litho- 
graphs and other theatrical 'ver- 
tising paper, giving the company 
the name of the original ploce called 
for on the lithos. 

What the show people call "tur- 
keys" often . travel as "burlesque 
companies." A "turkey," in theat- 
rical parlance, is a hastily gathered 
company of small-salaried people, 
without any real production, that 
goes "wildcatting" on a lirzardous 
route. "Wildcatting" Is a term the 
public knows as "barnstorming." 
A company wildcatting seldom 
knows where it Is going to be three 
days ahead. 

A Columbia burlesque show be- 
fore starting its season can name 
every city and In what week it will 
play during the entire season. The 
routes for the Columbia shows arc 
mado out before the shows open. 
No Columbia attraction can play 
anywhere without the sanction of 
the home office. 

This stigma created by the wild- 
catting turkey shows may have 
some bearing upon the future of 
burlesque. It's a wearing and 
wearying existence for regular bur- 
lesque producers to go through sea- 
son after season, expending large 
sums in equipping their productions, 
paying high salaries to ■ principals 
and chorus girls, and then find 
that some people are classing bur- 
lesque on the level of a performance 
they have never seen, but gauged 
through hearsay from someone else 
who watched a "turkey" perform- 
ance that was called burlesque. It 
discourages prod- -rs, and it is 
rr'hty discouraging to regular 

How to educate the public to 
Columbia shows has been an objec- 
tive the Columbia people have de- 
voted untold time and thought te 
for several years, without finding 
anything approaching a solution. 
A change of name was considered 
for a long time. It was surmised 
that perhaps the expedient of drop- 
ping "burlesque" and employing 
another general title would aid. 
The Columbia men, however, con- 
clufl .d it had taken too long to 
establish the standard Columbia 
buriesque has now reached, to 
ruthlessly throw away a trademark 
of value because of the scavengers 
of the show business who traded 
upon It. 

To state that Columbia burlesque 
Is now the cleanest entertainment 
in the American theatre would be 
scoffed at. if uttered before 70 per 
cent, of the country's lay popula- 
tija. Yet it is perfectly true, and 
recognized by those familiar with 
all branches of theatricals. That 
is the subject of another article in 
this issue, through its Importance. 
And on that very platform, cleanli- 
ness, lies the future of regular 
bu:lesque. The burlesque producers, 
managers and executives now con- 
cede It. 

Columbia burlei^que, like iho other 
nmusemontp, felt the imr-tus of 
the war. It required only in those 
days that the doors of a theatre 
si - ■ " remain open. The crowds 
went In. It encouraged laziness, 
over-confidence and, worst of all, 
fooled everyone. 

To the people of the show busi- 
ness, the best critic is the box 
office. Anyone can tell a manager 
his show Is poor, ordinary or 
middling. But If the box pfflce Is 
overflowing, that judgment la ac- 
cepted a» supreme. As the box 
office continued to overflow, the 
producers, m.inagers and execu- 
tives concluded their attractions 
were perfection thomselvos. In the i 
war times it was not uncommon. 

when asking an executive of the 
Columbia Amusement Co., upon 
seeing him in the Columbia theatre 
in New York, how the show was 
that week, to hear him reply: "n 
surprises me. If it wasn't for the 
business, I would say this show 
should be fixed up a bit, but there's 
the answer," pointing to the ntandees 
at the rear, with ev^jry seat taken. 

The experts were deceived, and 
the box office could deceive anyone 
when it's doing high-tide business. 
Yet that very experience is going 
to work more heartily and steadily 
for a better burlesque than any- 
thing else could have done. For 
with the past season, when all show 
business slumped, it came back to 
the regular burlesque managers, 
striking them right in their centre 
of knowledge — they had been right 
and, for once In theatrical history, 
the box offices had been wrong. 

As the '21 -'22 sea.son progressed 
and theatrical patronage failed to 
keep pace with previous seasons, 
the Columbia executives Inspected 
more closely, analyzed more thor* 
oughly, with the result, before that 
season had ended, its plans for at- 
tractions on the Columbia circuit 
next season were fully developed. 
The season of '21 -'22 might be said 
to have been an insurance upon 
burlesque of the future. It. was 
without much doubt the best lesson 
regular burlesque ever had. Like 
many other businesses that had 
been watched, scrutinized &tia 
nursed carefully for years. It should 
not have relaxed as burlesque and 
the rest of the theatricals relaxed. 
In the musical comedy field of the 
legitimate the results were even 
more noticeable. The over-night 
producers In musical comedy, from 
the war times, rapidly passed away 
when business fell off. It was easy 
to produce a winning show when it 
did not require a show to win. but 
when called upon to "give a show'* 
that was, the over-night producer 
found his place again once more in 
the ranks, for in the theatre, as 
elsewhere, it's experience that, 
eventually lands permanently. 

With a watchful policy and stem 
orders Issued for the regulation Of 
burlesque performers, burlesque 
must go forward. It can't back up. 
It won't bo permitted to back up. 

Burlesque has an undeflnable pe- 
oullarity. Of all amusements, it is 
the most consistently attractive to 
Its lay admirers. Once a burlesque 
goer, always. Burlesque never 
loses patrons unless it is burlesque's 
fault. Boyhood may grow to man- 
hood, but they retain their love for 
burlesque, with its odd. clever and 
cunning manner of concocting a 
performance that has never been 
solved by anyone outside of bur- 

Burlesque draws as surely as the 
sun sets. The burlesque men of 
the regular line know it; they know 
how to make burlesque; they know 
how to conserve burlesque, a«d they 
know how to make burlesque profit- 
able. The proof is the Columbia 
Amusement Co. itself, from nothing 
20 years ago to the present — the 
only regular burlesque circuit In the 
world, without competition or op- 
position — each chased away by th« 
very character of the shows pre- 
sented by Columbia companies. 
That stopped competition , pre* 
vented and drove out opposition^ 
for to secure as many experienced 
producers as Columbia has. It would 
be necessary for them first to take 
the Columbia course of producing. 

The future of burlesque looks 
rosy. It would be rosier If the dra- 
matic editors of the country would 
assist somewhat in the scheme of 
education the Columbia p e o p 1 • 
would like to Inaugurate, to tell the 
world that burlesque Is entertain- 
ment; that it is amusement; that 
It Is the cleanest performance In the 
theatre of America. Sime. 


Chicago. July 5. 

Max Kane has organized the Chi- 
cago Amusement Co. It will pro- 
mote events in and arotind Chicago, 
and will make some fall fairs if 
suitable contracts can be made. 

The Majestic Exposition Shows, 
operated by Nat Narder, have been 
secured on a ten weeks' lease, with 
shows, riding devices and cars in- 

The officers of the company are 
Harry Tansey, Gibson K. Gorman 
and Maxwell Kane. 

Walla Walla Takes Action 
Walla Walla, Wash.. Jub"^. 
The City Council here has pa^i^cd 
an ordinance prohibiting carnivals. 
The measure Is to take effect im- 



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No. 7 

Nellie Revel! was nominated for 
one of the 12 greatest American 
women in a letter sent the New 
York "Times" by E. W. Row of 
Branchville, N. J. The "Times" tlie 
Sunday previously had carried sev- 
eral liats of a dozen each, com- 
piled ISy different men as their 
thoices for the 12 greatest. Mr. 
Kove mentioned that none of the 
women named in the "Times" story 
Tiad been a mother. One paragraph 
in his rather lengthy letter read: 

"Yet my Information regarding 
Miss Revell's remarkable life his- 
tory and fight Sgainst distressing 
odds for a return to health lias 
been conveyed by the public press, 
eo I assume her profc-ssional affilia- 
tloris are not a complete barrier to 
public consideration of her case. 
According to what I have read — 
she was born hn a cir::us car. mar 
rl^d young and became 
.'early, support! 
\\\o daughters w 

newspapers and as a theatrical press 
Veprcsentative, and during her long 
and painful confinement in a hos- 
''t>Ital with .<<pine trouble continues 
to write articles on a pad acro.^s 
)ier chest while lying rigid on the 
flat of h^r back — she hns done and 
^Is doing wotK which furni.shes r\n 
'Ennobling example to humanity and 
is In every way a ICBltim i*-e nomi- 
nee, in my humble opinion. ' 

n a c:r::us car. mar- 
d became a wklow 
ing and educ^ing 
while she work^ on 

Joe Browning, the vaudevillian- 
author. has brought suit for breach 
of contract and back royalties due 
against Howard Langford and Anna 
Fredericks (Langford and Freder- 
icks, vaudeville). Browning was to 
receive $25 weekly for Pome mate- 
rial he wrote for the act to be used 
In "The Modiste Shop" skit. The 
act's defense, through F. E. Gold- 
smith, is that they were not to pay 
royalty If the material is unsatis- 
factory. They used it for a time 
and paid royalty, but later discon- 
tinued it, they claim. 

Else Ryan, who Is .sailing for 
Europe next Wednesday, will again 
appear in vaudeville, starting in the 
fall. She recently purchased the 
dramatic rights to "The Chap Up- 
stairs," a Roland Pertwee story that 
appeared in the "Saturday Evening 
Post," and will fashion it into a 
playlet for her own use. Last sea- 
son Miss Ryan was featured with 
ber playlet. "Peg for Short." 

Alan Brooks was playing in Dub- 
lin last week during the turbulent 
times In that city. Brook--^ had 
many narrow escapes. Ho radioed 
the mention of his experiences to 
friends in New York, after returning 
Sunday to London. 

Gerard Park, Conn., has as sum- 
mer guests The Geralds. Tlie Ziras, 
Overholt and Young. H inkle and 
May, Baggot and ^Shrldon, Helen 
Moretti, Bert and Be^ty Ross. Berry 
and lionnie and Haney and Morgan. 

Roginald Stewart has been ap- 
pointed musical director of the Hart 
House theatre at Toronto (Uni- 
versity of Toronto). Hf will a.ssist 
»n pit ducing operas next season. 

June Mills and William Fnnes havo 
fi'»iled fnitn IOrii;ian(l for South 
Africa, to play the African Thealfes 

Jos. M. Norcross was SI Jwly r>. 
He i.H With one pf the ol-l-timci s' 
acts in vaud.-ville.. 


no^Jn'l'^K^.* "••'' ^"^ "^"^'" °^ '^""K"' without a single theatrical con- 
nection believes more victims may be found among the «how people other classes or professions, may be explained by saying that pro- 
fessionals are more easy of approach. It is high time, however, that the 
people of the stage and screen steer clear of the "dopes." For. sooner 
or later, these drug addicts that also secure a drug supply sufficient to 
sell from, will lead their associates into trouble as they always have In 
the past. 

It IS true anywhere, but !« mostly known amon^ show people as preva- 
lent on the coast and in the east. The drug users and sellers, whether 
working alone or in pairs, ingratiate themselves into the friendiv circles 
of professionals, pursue their investigations with much discretion and 
finally find an outlet for their smuggled drugs. This outlet is often in- 
creased through the drug traffickers obtaining new "cu.stomer.s." The 
additions are made to the circle by entreaty and promises of "good 
times." Slowly but surely follows the faet»»ning of the habit upon an 
innocent, lured on by the leeches to extend their nefarious "business" 

Another reason why the dopes try to lure the show peoi.le is the im- 
pression abroad ttat the show people won't tell. The drug sellers think 
they may more safely traffic with them. There is also a commercial 
reason for soliciting new victims. Sellers of drugs obtain more profit 
from beginners. They have no other place to go, are afraid to go else- 
where and cling to the original source of supply until case-hardened or 
wised up by the older users. The older habits know what drugs are 
worth, several places where they may be purchased, and will play no 

Until the people of the st.ige or screen will cast off these parasites, 
refus^e them admi.'?iion into their homes or to their acquaintance, it 
may be expected that every now and then the drug sellers will cause 
trouble. The sellers are usually charged up all of the time, they quarrel 
over the profit when working in pairs (such as the woman iiser who 
sells to the women and the man user who sells to the men) fighting; over 
the i'plit of thp prof.t, one arousing the other of holding out, for these 
devis have little u.^e for each other excepting to gouge one another out 
of money or drug«. . ' : '■ 

said Miss Budd played the remaining four days of the ent^agement with- 
out an accomiKinist, and when returning for the special bill, had Biily 
GMCrith aC the piano. 

One version of how the engagem<'nt was broken Is that Norman startf»d 
to tell Miss Budd how to operate Iwr act next «oasf»n. Mi.^s Budd 
replied she had been in vaudeville long enough to understand her act; 
in fact, she was there before Norman came to that field, and tiiat wh»u 
they were married, each should run their act to suit themselves withotit 
interference from the other. Norman is .said to have walkeil away .»t 
this, but within five minutes phoned his fiancee to Inform her he had 
decided they would be unable toget along together and they had bett(»r 
call off the engagement. Norman was required to give a bond in the 
bread, of promlfie suit through being a non-resident of N»»w York. Tl.3 
Budd-Norman wedding engagement started with Its announcement a 
great deal of talk among vaudevillians. with each of the parties having 
their partisans. At one time, when it was report«^d tbt» moihors of earh 
of the young people had influenced th«'ir children toward the broken 
engagement. Mrs. I^udd vehemently denied it, and was substantiated by 
her daughter. Mrs. Budd said she ha«l looked after her tiaughtor on 
and off the stage for 17 year«. but when she became engaged was only 
too glnd to know that Ruth would have a man she loved to thereafter 
look out for luT. Mrs. Itudd said the labor of a woman combatting all 
«tap[e troubles for that length of time, wl\ile promoting her daug' •**»* 
as a theatrical attraction, entitled her to a rest she gladly foresaw when 
Ruth became engaged. Norman's mother, as far as known, made no 
public statement concerning her alleged connection. Miyfi Budd is a 
very good looking pleasant young girl and a female gymnast who haa 
worked herself up among the leaders in her stage classification. 

The remains of William Rock were removed last week from Philadel- 
phia, where he died in a hospital while undergoing an operation for can- 
cer of the stomach, to Bowling Green. Ky., his native city. Mrs. Rock 
(Helen Ebey) is said to have tried to dissuade her husband from accept- 
ing the Philadelphia vaudeville engagement, pleading with him to taku 
a rest. Roch insisted. It Is reported the decetised had about 160.000 iii 
life ini^urance, which will go to the widow and a sister of the deceaAeid. 

A boat tipping over last Thursday 
afternoon at the wharf landing on 
Lake Nipumuc, near Milford. Mass., 
•threw the four occupants into the 
■ water. They were Mrs. New- 
-man. mother of Mrs. Al Dow, also 
In the boat, as were her father-in- 
law, Hyman Kerner. and Miss Shir- 
ley of Shirley and Sherwood 
(vaudeville). Mrs. Dow was the 
only swimmer of the party. After 
aiding the others to the landing 
she recovered the boat, which had 
drifted into the lake. The watej; 
was 15 feet deep wliere the acci- 
dent occurred. 

The federal authorities seem intent on detecting drug smuggling, but 
all the doives .^jay it keeps right on. In large quantity and in simple man- | 
ner. Two complaint.^ are reported lately lodged against a couf)le of dope 
sellers and users in the east without attention paid to either from the 
surface facts. Each of the complainants was a wife who charged the 
dope .«eller.v with'b ad!ng h^r husbftnd into the habit.. Plushaiids have 
also complained it i.s said, against the woman of the pair, staling their 
wivfs became addicted ^ druys tiuough the efforts of the couple. 


This couple .are said to have brought $65,000 worth of smuggl:>d drugs 
into this Qjiuitiy when last returning here from one of their "Oriental" 
trips. The woman especially was the principal smuggler. She is .said to 
have had the drugs hidden in toy balloons in her hair, in toilet articles 
and bottles, but brought the most m through cutting out the center of 
Looks, scaling ui) the outside page«. leaving a few loose pages on top 
and boticm. and filling in th*» center with the drugs. With opium, heroin 
and cocaine selling at from $600 to $1,000 a pound. It does not require 
an quantity to reach $65,000. Smuggling doesn't appear to be, 
so dinicult when a couple of dopes can do it regularly and boast abou 
it after getting home. How town or county oflllclals fail to hear abou 
them .seems peculilar. 

One of the Shubert vaudeville unit producers who split his fran'^hiso 
with a burlesque producer, may not go through with the unit show. It 
is said other Shubert producers are negotiating with him to take over 
the The original holder Is reported to have accepted It 
without Intent to personally produce. He caHed-in th«i""btirl<»sfi»»e man,- 
told him the franchi«e could go three ways, the holder reserving one- 
third for himself without Investment or attention, the producer to have 
one-third for putting on the show, and the financial man the burle.Mque 
producer was to secure to back the venture, the other one-third. It 
didn't work out as easily as it was laid out. 

Jack Clifford's camp in the Adirondacks is to be made Into a health 
resort. Dr. Harry F>rnfl. the chiropractic, is to be Interostrd with Clifford 
In the venture. The camp is situated on the shore of the farthest north, 
of the state's lakes. A sandy, beach makes bathing attractive. The 
property, which Clifford has owned for the last 22 years, in thickly 
wooded, there being 2,000.000 feet of lumber on the land. The carnp 
house cost $60,000 to build. A veranda completely circles the house 
and measures 11 laps to the mile. 



Drug caters can't themselves. They become known quickly they have the habit. Let them ply their trade elsewhere. Keep 
them away from show ijcople. and then show people may reasonably be 
assured that their little harmle.-^s friendly gatherings won't become .sub- 
ject to newai>aper notoriety through these damnable dopes. 




Open air show business in the cast is now on Its way to a bankrupl'ii 

Can't blame It on prohibition. Just the opposite. Country is too 

It has its bright side. They don't have to worry about water for \\\f\ 
'Old Mill." Most parts of every amusomont park look liko the "Old 
Mill" most of thf- time. 



While it Is reported the Keith ofllce has received more returned con- 
tracts for acts for next season within the past week than previously, 
the acts signing are those not asked to cut salary. Meantime the 
Orpheum circuit, it is said, has been .securing a large quantity of acts 
for next season, offering the acts for the western travel what they re- 
ceived last season on the eastern big tirtie. The Shubert vaudeville 
unit producers have also been signing acts to a considerable extent in 
view of what they need, figuring 30 or 35 shows calling for about five 
acta each. For the feature turns some of the Shubert producers seem 
quite liberal, from the stories, of what acts are receiving by them. In 
each instance it has been more than the Hg time offered. The asking 
price by acts from the Shubert producers and the regular big time is 
different, the Shubert producer receiving a tilt in salary quotation 
by the act. 

The engagement of the Courtney Sisters (Fay and Florence) for the 
Davidow & LeMaire-Geo. Jessel Shubert unit brings about a curious 
eltuation. incited, it is .said, by young Mr. Je.ssel. He was lately divorced 
by Florence Courtney, after a : cries of conferences and meetings. 
Jessel wanted to be agreeable to his wife and when she Insisted upon a 
divorce he— asi^nted. Mrs. Jessel appeared to scrlou.«?ly object 
to her husbandSibseriling himself at the club too frequently. Jessel 
said it was hi»-^laxatlon, but that didn't get over. The engagement 
of the CdtTrtneys (with jazz band at $1,600 a week) with the Jessel 
show is reported to have been made upon Jessel's recommendation. In 
the unit show Fay Courtney, the older and larger sister, will appear in 
blackface, the time Fay has con.sented to cork. 

Two more weeks of the same kind of weather and It will not bo 
nece.'-sary for any mayor to b^r an outdoor show. They will be all in. 

Paddle wheel men are thinking of giving umbrellas and rain coats 
away for prizes. Then again anyone who hasn't both would never thinlc 
of starting for the park. 

Ja.pano«o ball rolling games arc now using Iron balls. Wooden V\\\\.\ 
float too easily. 

Ferris whopls are being fitted up with life preservers and .sets of o im. 
Lifeboats will take the place of fire pails. 

Scenic railway cars are to be equipped with wireless outfits. In c.ise 
the cars float away they will be able to keep in touch with them. 

Fortune tellers and palm readers are hit hardest of all. The ruin 
washes away all their props. 

Thf*re Is a big demand for seal acts to play on the outdoor «t«ge. 

Park owners are telling their orchestras to play only one song, "Asleep 
In the Deep." "Row, Row, Row" Is second choice. 

Mo«t popular dance step seems to be the "Dip. 

Judge T^andls boliovos the basrb.all players should make as many 
home runs as possible, and he also thinks some ought to run home 

The judge l.s a high-priced lecturer. Tfo's going to play his part rl';ht, 
no matter what happeiiH. 

Will Hays Is going to lecture the picture people also. Hope he t»Mls 
some of those Hollywood boys how funny they look In puttees. 

Mr. Hays r**alizes that his position, like the picture business, Is idill 
in its infancy. 

When every bjusiness and profession has its own i»<'r«onal and private 
N'cturer, it's g ^»g to do a whole lot toward encouraging .slf^^'p. 

The Empress, Cincinnati. M'.c. 
after trying p.ip vaudevilb-. follow- 
ing burlesque In season. 

The Palher Really Corporation, which controls the Harlem O. H. 
property, together with the Ai»ollo, adjoining on 120lh Ktreet. in under- 
stood to have driven a bard d- al with the Shuberts before they would 
sign on the dotted line making the Harlem O. H. one of the stands for 
Shubert vaudeville the coming .'^cason. The unit .shows will play the 
house on a percentage, but the owners will not kave a franchise on the 
wheil for a show. M »x Spicg'-I. who negotiated the deal for the AlfiJiated 
Theatres Corporation, may have the franchise which would have been 
allotted to the house. 

Bryan Foy's suit af^tin.s (Jallagher and Sliean over the "Mister" .son : 
will not be settled out of court, nor have Foy's attorneys heard anything 
about it. tl.'-y s.iy. The argument on the injunction was seh'Minh.d f(.r 
he.iring before Judge .Mayer \\\ the Federal District Court yestorday 
(Thuisday). It is reported Jack .Mills. Inc. the publisher of '.Mr Oal- 
l.igher and Mr. Shean." is at)out to is.-^ti". or h a.s issund, a new edition of 
the .-.orig on which i:ry,an l"oy , name i.s rn-tUioned as co-author. 

Tl.e $;'•<►, 000 hieieh of proniiso suit Inouglit list Week by I'.iMi Hidd 
;!gain.«>l K.iryl .Normm <'The Cf^ole Fa.^hion I»la»e") cause'l an I'eni 
from r.altimore anent (he broken engagement of the "couple. i:otli .ire 
in vaudevdie aMd b>«th were it the I'.ilnmore. a f»-.v we-k^^igr, 
(Misci nud«l returning therejor the sp>-(i:il ie(|ieH t bill later), y^"'" . 
(lre..snig rooms lao<Mi each oihcrr Wh.-n they ^irsT met. a.-i .Misi In Id 
emerged from her room, an argument en.,ued. It is sai I I.e. .M.nlon, 
Miss :Judd s pianist, liided with Norman during the argument, ii la al«o V Wli..f.i .rll t!:e .^lijotin' for? U.-e . l.ft'.- more blarney, boys. 

To show how gentle show businesc^ around New York Is becoming, 
tlp-re ha^iiit l)'»en a woman sawed In half around here for at least a 

eo'i;»'.e of wek.s. 

It's funny lio-.v poji-il ir .ome indoor sportj* become. 

Trivwlr returning from the .south says \hc colored poi>uI.ition in most 
of fb :se "b«»low th" M asoo - 1 >ixc n line" states a'l bani( around the rad- 
io id stations waiting for managet>, t* tak" (tiem 'o Nf^w York with 
sMtii" a II -'•(>|()rfd vlif)w. 

Ifrv rrtTTTn.*^ tt mr - f or so me o rw* fo-w H I 

.sotTg-ft»r IiH.tnd; 







Friday, July 7, 1922 





If Renewed Two Years Hence Will Carry New Pro- 
visions — Equity May Ask Payment for Re- 
hearsals — P. M. A. Wants Stock Question Settled 

Thr basic ngrct-ment between tht 
rruduciiig Managers' Assoriutlon 
and the Aeturs' P^quity As.sociation 
Is recognized by both b(dic» to be 
Incomplete in that it fails to cover 
a ninnbtr of activities. The ajrrcc- 
menl, si^nrd in Sei)tenibL'r, 1919, 
tta'i two years more to run. At 
expiration it is admitted changeR 
Vill be written in, upon adjustment 
by loth Kick's, if renewed. One of 

the points wbich EMuity, it is said, 
^ill asli for is payment for re- 

Tiie control of stock company ac- 
tivities is one of the matters not 
Included specifically in the instru- 
ment. The two orj;anizations have 
Icen locked in arK»»^'it'ot over that 
branch of the l«>gilin ate. Attempts 
to force the contest to arbitration 
liave been unsuccess ul up to date. 
Kquity's oflicials for" a lime con- 
tended stocks Were i ot a matter of 
arbitration, althouKh that attitude 
Is said to have been somewhat mod- 
ified through the opin;on of counsel 
tiiey were. It is known the man- 
agers have submitted agreements 
lor stock arbitration three times to 
K piity, without either being re- 

The sailing of Judge Learned 
Hand to Europe will doubtless hold 
M\) the arbitration of the stock 
company contest until late in the 
Fummer. Judge Hand was the 
juriijt derided on at the time the 
closed shop argument came tip for 
arbitration. Unable to act, he sug- 
jfcsted Judge Julian Mack, the latter 
then sitting as umi^ire. Since Judge 
ll.ind was agreeable then to both 
Fides, he will be again. The man- 
agers, through having the other 
contest decidt-d against them, how- 
ever, are not favorable to Judge 
Mack now aeting in the stock mat- 
ter. In Mack's decision on the 
clf)sed shop contest he set fttrth the 
right of arbitration of any matters 
in which members of the P. M. A. 
were active. That set forth 
in that part of his opinion that dif- 
ferentiated betwien managers with- 
in the organization .and those not 
members, he deciding the latter 
■were in no way concerned with the 
agreement between the P. Mr A. 
and Equity. 

The open shop stock has been 
Tun on a nine-performance basis, 
the wime as under the all-Equity 
cast stocks. Jesse Bonstelle, over 
"Whom the first argument started, is 
managing several stock companies. 
One has been using an eight-per- 
formance week and another one ad- 
ditional performance is counted. 
Equity's claim that if P. M. A. mem- 
bers do operate open shop stocks. 
eight performances must be the 
basis and all other performances 
must be paid pro rata is one of the 
features that will count in the 
phrasing of the next .agreement be- 
tween the two organizations. There 
is no doubt that the present 
agreement carries an eight -perform- 
ance maximum for the $2 attrac- 
tions. P. M. A. meml)ers contend 
Equity permits closed shop stocks 
a bigger performance week, which 
establishes a custom that would 
apply equitably to open shop stacks. 
Arbitration of the contest is about 
the only manner In which it can 
be cleared up. 

All arliitration decisions under 
the civil practices code may be 
entered in the records of the county 
court, and are recognized as valid 
as a court decision. That does not 
estop the parties from taking an 
appeal directly to the court, how- 
ever, although that is rarely done. 
Comparatively few persons are 
aware of the Tribunal of Arbitra- 
tion, which is permitted under the 
law and designed to take the burden 
from the courts. Arbitration is 
open to all persons who do not wish 
to take their troubles into court. 
Aside from evading the long period 
entailed for a civil action to be 
rea( hed by regular court procedure, 
settlement of difliculties by arbitra- 
tion saves considerable expense. 
Iiecently»attorneys, ipclu^ling sev- 
_erfll in the lheatnc«il field, have 
advocated that method of settling 
contests Arbitration does not call 
for action by an organization, nor 
only between organizations, but Is 
more generally used by individuals. 


To Open in Chicago Under 

Auspices of Shriners — 100- 

Year-Old Singing Chief 

A unique Indian group of enter- 
tainers hailing from New Mexico 
are to be given a first metropolitan 
hearing in the fall, when they will 
be i>resented in Chieago, With .New 
York possibly ge ting the attraction 
later. The Indians are Navajos, 
their work consisting of ceremonial 
dances and songs. They liist drew 
attention of Shriners on the way to 
the cctast over the Santa Ee rail- 
road, and the latter will sponsor the 
Chicago showing, Mike Kirk, guide 
and Indian trader, directs the red- 

The best voice among the group 
is an 80-year-old scout, said to 
possess a remarkable tenor. The 
lust living Navajo chief, who is re- 
puted to be over 100 years old, con- 
tributes as a singer. The group in- 
cludes an fndian quartet, said to be 
the only one in existence. Until 
recently these Indians never heard 
civilized music. A traveler enter- 
tained them in a hotel parlor with 
classical melcdies. The music puz- 
zled but interested the Indians. 


Members of ''Make It Snappy" 

Raise Ruction on Night 

of Closing 

The girl members of the chorus 
of "Make It Snappy," the Eddie 
Cantor show, went on the warpath 
Sciturday night with a final fall of 
the curtain on the run of the at- 
traction in that theatre. 

The chorus girls, according to the 
report, converted themselves into a 
mob, wrecking the contents of two 
or three dressing rooms of princi- 
pals they did not appear to be fa- 
vorably inclined to. The girls also 
threw things around the stage, cre- 
ating a noisy disturbance and much 
apprehension, since no one on the 
stage wanted to call the police in 
to quell the young women. 

The choristers are sai "". to have 
thought they had a grievance over 
the closing of the show. They had 
anticipated a summer's engagement. 
When notice of closing went up, and 
"Spice of 1922" was announced to 
follow the Cantor show, the girls 
started to murmur. The murmur- 
ing reached its apex oa-tl^e closing 
night with the mob ucene^ follow- 
ing. Some of the principals are 
said to have locked themselves in 
their dressing rooms during the out- 



Changes in Cast— Charlotte Learn 
Rushes In 


"The Shepherd King" Will Be Film 

Shuberts* 44th Street theatre has 
been taken over by William Kox, 
from Aug. 1. The film conoerii will 
open the house with "The Shepherd 
King," reported upon in advance as 
a stupendous special picture. 

When entering the 44th Street, it 
is said Fox will relincjuish his pres- 
ent two 42d street houses, at one 
of which another Fox special, 
"Nero" is now current. 

The Shuberts are reported to 
have plans for a musical revue for 
the 44th Street's roof, early in the 
fall, while it is po!-fiible Shubcrt 
vaudeville will play at the Lyric, 
commencing with the opening of the 

The Fox people are said to pre- 
fer the 44th Street to either of the 
42d stree houses, as a better pic- 
ture theatre in the event of landing 
a hit there and through the cheaper 
rental terms. 




rsday Matinee Dropped — Doang 
116,000 Weekly 

Chicago, July 6. 
Charlotte Learn fattened her bat- 
ting average for "pinch-hitting" as 
a quick study Sunday night when 
she joined "Lilies of the Field' at 
Powers, playing the "flapper" role. 
Miss Learn got the part Friday 
night, studied it during the closing 
performances of "Liliom" at the 
Great Northern and went on Sun- 
day night amid the enthusia.«m of a 
following of admirers, who are now 
pursuing her arounJ the loop plays. 

Norman Trevor left the cast of 
"Liliea of the Field" last week-end, 
his place being taken by .John Har- 
ris. Ethel WiLson also left, joining 
"For Goodness Sake." The new ar- 
rangement of billing at the Powers 
gives advertising positions to Jose- 
phine Drake, Clara Moo.e.^ and 
Alieon Skipworth. Trevor's quit- 
ting came after what is r.imored 
was a dandy little tilt last week 
behind stage with other principals. 

Equity is urging this company to 
remain for the summer. T'.ie get- 
away business for the new week 
(Sunday) only hit J400 and unles.^ 
the week piles up at least a gros« 
of $4,00( the end will have to come 
Saturday. Prospects after the 
Fourth's business warranted an- 
other good split S.iturday for the 
commonwealth plan of the com- 

It is saK that Dan Morrison, rep- 
resenting the Broadway Produc- 
tions, Inc., has managed to equeeze 
himself onto the payroll via some 
charitable act of Equity, whose rep- 
resentative here claims the produc- 
tion will be turned back to Morrison 
if. when the show does close, all 
8alari( are paid. 


Starting this week "Kikl' at the 
Ilelasco goes on a seven -perform- 
ance basis, Thursday matinees hav- 
ing; been ordered discontinued for 
thcf summer. David Belasco decided 
on the dropping of the afternoon to 
save Leonore Ulric, the star of the 
play. The heat of last week was 
the cause. 

"Kiki" has led the on 
Broadway since its premiere late in 
November and has held its position 
with the advent of summer. Last 
week, with around $16,000 grossed, 
it beat all non-musical attractions. 
"Partners Again" at the Sehvyn is 
the only attraction that has held 
the pace with "Kiki." 

The Tijur.stliiy afternoons at the 
Helasco have been sell outs, and 
there a surprise in the agencies 
the Saturday matinee was not 
dropped instead. 


Arnold Daly witt be under the 
management of Joseph M. Gaites 
the coming season. He will head 
the cast of "The Monster," a drama 
by Crane Wilbur, which will be 
Gaites' first new production for the 
new season. 

The supporting cast include? Mc- 
Kay Morris, Marg .erite Risser, 
Frank McCormack, Walter James, 
Charles Wray Wallace and Marcel 
Rou.s«eau. Rehcarsa^'i have begun, 
the piece being due on Broa<^way 
early in August. 

Every so often In burlesque a show 
comes along that so far outclasses 
the regular attractions of that par- 
ticular season the others are left 
miles behind. Sometimes it's one 
thing, or a number of things that 
the exceptional show has, that 
makes it exceptional, but it's always 
some one thing particularly that 
makes it stand out. Perhaps a new 
type of comedian, an unusual cast, a 
song, or style of entertainment that 
is radically different than that which 
has preceded it in burlesque, but the 
some one thing must be there. 

Unusual burlesque shows have ap- 
peared at infrequent intervals dur- 
ing the last 25 years, and all have 
cleaned up in money. The lirst to 
rate as a dcpartur. for burlesque, 
and which in its day so far out- 
classed its competitors as to make 
most of them look foolish, was 
Harry Morris' "Night on Broadway," 
produced in 1902. 

At- that time most of the bur- 
lesque shows were bit and number 
affairs much on the order of the 
garden variety of burlesque of the 
American wheel shows of the past 
few seasons. Morris had always 
been progressive, entering burlesque 
as a young man and growing up 
with it, i-.aintaining a reputation 
for having at least good shows for 
several se.isons prior to "A Night 
on Broadway." Morris was ambi- 
tious. He knew burlesque could 
stand much better entertainment 
than ■ had hitherto been given and 
he determined t** take a chance. 

While in Europe 'n a trip with 
Sahn Scribner, Morris and the latter 
found them.selves in Berlin in 1901. 
Casually dropping into a Berlin the- 
atre, wher* a musical comedy was 
showing, Morris was attracted by 
the possibilities of the piece in ques- 
tion, being able to apf)reciale it 
more than Scribner, as Morris un- 
derstood German, the language in 
which the piece was played, and 
Scribner di<lnt. The play was "A 
Night on Broadway." Morris ar- 
ranged to produce it in America. An 
English translation was made, and 
the following season, 1902, Morrrs 
produced it as a burlesque show 
over here. 

It immediately created a sensation 
in and out of burlesciue. The other 
burle.«que shows having been so 
different in n>ake up, "A Night on 
Broadway" naturally stood out, 
through being a farce comedy with 
a legitimate story maintained 
through its two acts. 

Morris was wise enough, however, 
to keep a certain indefinaWe bur- 
lesque atmosphere about the show, 
despite its high class production at- 
tributes. The first act was laid in 
an interior (parlor), and for the first 
time probably ever in burlesque 
there was a set that really looked 
something like the inside of a habi- 
tation. The second act was an ex- 
terior, garden set, and a real one. 
Both sets were new. That was also 
revolutionary for burlesque of that 
period. The costumes of the chor- 
isters were cut in the prev.ailing 
fashion and there were eight or 
more changes. 

Morris himself was fitted ^th a 
part that was made to order for 
him, that of German candy manu- 
facturer of the sporty old boy type. 
Burlesque had seen lots of "Dutch- 
men" with chin whisfters, but Mor- 
ris played it with a mustache and 
gave it a legitimate characteriza- 
tion. A splendid company, includ- 
ing Mildred Stoller, Julia Lambert, 
Edward Adams, Tony Asher, Harry 
Emerson. OIlie Omega. Alice Por 

Guy E. McDonald Had Drugs City, July 5. 

Guy E. McDonald, an actor, with 
a stock company, playing at Buck- 
lin, Kan., was tirrested by Federal 
Narcotic Inspector Aherne, of 
Wichita, charged with possession of 
drugs in violation of the Harrison 
anti-narcotic act. 

As the actors al^sence would 
h.ive stopped the performance he 
was allowed to "go on" while deputy 
sherifl'b watched him from the audi- 
ence. ' 


The Megley & Moore office in New 
York declares its musical comedy, 
"Molly Darling," which gave up 
after running six weeks at the Chi- 
cago Palace, will be reorganized to 
resume for a summer try, also in 
Chicago. It is probable that the 
piece will have a partly different 
cast. Negotiations were last re- 
ported for the Liberty, New York 
to house the attraction. 

Burlesquers," produced in 1896 Th« 
thing that made the "Bohemians" 
different was that it was shaped 
differently, and that Billy B. Van 
introduced a character type in his 
"Patsy Bolivar," tough olficc boy, 
new to burlesque at that time! 
"The Bohemians" cast included Wil- 
liam B. Watson, Harry Bryant, Billy 
B. Van, Veva Nobrega, Hill Sisters, 
Rivers Sisters, Mae Lowery, Jean- 
nette Dupre, Marie Carr and Jerry 
Mahoney. "The Bohemians' was 
not quite as much of an advance 
over the shows of the particular 
season it was produced in as "Night 
on Broadway," but it still was a big- 
advance over most of the other 
shows current that year. 

Along about 1898 came the next 
exceptional burlesque, Hurtig & 
Seamon producing the "Bowery 
"Burlesquers," with Loney Haskell, 
the featured comedian, offering a 
character type then new to bur- 
lesque. "The Bowerys' was the 
season's sensation, breaking records 
and playing more repeats profitably 
than any show that had played in 
burlesque in years. The Bowerys 
cast among others i.Tcluded Andy 
Lewis, Maude Ell ott, Gracey and 
Burnett, World's Trio and Truly 

In 1907 came a bombshell for bur- 
lesque. M. M. Theise, who had the 
preleding season put on an ordinary 
wheel burlea<iue show under the title 
of "Wine, Woman and Song^," hit the 
bull's eye with a vengeance. "Wine, 
Woman and Song" d^Jn't play the 
burlesque houses long, after 12 
weeks of wheel trouping arriving in 
New York and going into the Circle 
for a six months' run, that exceed- 
ed 300 performances. It was a com- 
bination of assets that made this 
show the same as the others, but 
the principal and outstanding one 
was the "End of the World" com- 
edy sketch, with its "Toplitzky" 
character, written by Aaron Hoff- 
man. Alex. e<irr as well as Hoff- 
man must be credited with doing 
much to make "Wine, Woman and 
Songr*' exceptional, his character- 
ization of "Toplitzky" establishing 
him for Broadway. Others in the 
show were Bonita, Lew Hearn and 
Armstrong's Pony Ballet, Raymond 
and Clayton, and Taylor and Hart. 
"Wine, Woman and Song" started 
the vogue for revues, for burlesque, 
, being of that type of show. For 
many seasons after burlesque had 
revues of all kinds, some good, but 
many not so good, holding nothing 
but the name "revue."' 

The Behman Show of 1909-10, 
produced by Jack Singer, also 
stands out in burlesque history as 
the sensation of that particular 
season. It marked a big advance in 
production over the seven or eight 
preceding seasons, and had an un- 
usual cast, which Included MoUie 
Williams, Will J. Kennedy, Vic 
Casmore and Lon Hascall, 

"The Merry Whirl," which had a 
summer run at the Columbia, New 
York, in 1912, was another of the 
exceptional burlesque shows that 
stands out as a highligrbt. This 
was produced by the late Cliff Gor- 
don and Bobby North, with Mor- 
ton and Moore the featured come- 
dians. Like "Night on Broadway.^* 
it was a song, "Alexander's Rag- 
time Band," written by Irving Ber- 
lin, and one of his first big hits, that 
constituted the chief reason for the 
success of "The Merry Whirl. " 

"The Merry Whirl" was partly of 
the musical comedy and partly of the 
extravaganza type of burlesque, the 
combination being particularly well 

ter, Nellie Fenton, Ed Brennan and blended. Like Its predecessors, "The 


San Francisco, July 5. 
Art Hickman and Ben Black. In 
association with Neil Moret. are at 
work on a musical comedy to be 
produced by the Moroseo-Peggy 
Joyce-rAckerman A Harris combina- 
tion at the Casino. 

Carr.'e Weber assured the success- 
of the show. It brctke records wher- 
ever it played, and revolutionized 
the style of burlesque shows then in 
vogue. The following season bur- 
lesque managers fell over each other 
switching to the farce style of show 
that Morri:; » ' dug up But few 
come within hailing d stance of the 
Morris idea, either in quality or 
box office returns. 

Aside from all the rest "A Night 
on Broadway' had one thing that 
above all else made it. This was 
the comic song. "II inky Dee." with 
a 8( rt of doggerel metre, the song 
Itself classing as a "boogey man" 
number. Morris s.ang encore verses 
to "Hinky Dee" until he was out of 
breath. Talk about " s'opping 
shows,"" "Hinky Dee" used to mas- 
sacre burles»iue audiences There's 
been many imitations of It, but 
none exactly like it sinee. In dolntr 
the number .Morris made It a "pick 
out" with the choristers behind 
h im, one ot the first to do t hat pa r - 
ticular bit. 

Home five or six years previously 
an(>iher unusual .show shoved its 
hfa<l over the horizon of burle.'<qu(>. 
This was Lou s Rol,ie*«, Bohemian j. 

Merry Whirl" created a precedent, 
and for several seasons there was a 
run of burlesque shows made up of 
spectacular stuff, with a blend of 
musical comedy. 

Burlesque of the past 10 years, 
which brings the record to date, has 
had several distinctive attractions. 
As the Columbia Amusement Co. 
developed and with its new houses 
could give a lArger gross average on 
the season to its companies, several 
Columhia producers went to extrav- 
agant limits in productions and 
largely increased the then prevaiiin;? 
customary weekly salary list for 
principals. Many shows kept on 
high throughout the season. During 
the war period Columbia shows 
made a net profit shows of yester- 
year never dreamed of, for they were 
then impossible. 

Perhaps the two signifliant bur- 
lesque pr<»duetions of the last de<adc 
were Jean Bedini's "Peek-a- l^oo" 
and Barney Gerard's "Follies of the 

Day.'T TUo Bedini "Peek-a- n«»o" 

show evolved into Bedinrs "muck'- 
les." It became a burlesque sensa- 
tion through the personality of its 
princi}?al comedian, B<>bby Clark, al- 

(Continued on page 53) 

^nSay, JuTT 




Marion Davies Secures Summonses for Three New 
York Papers — Published Miss Davies Was at 
Scene of Hirsh's Shooting 

Summonses were obtained last 
Saturday for service upon the edi- 
tors and city editors of three New 
Tork dailies charged with criminal 
libel by Marion Davies. The papers 
served are the New York Herald, 
Bvenlng Telegram and Daily News. 
The two first named* papers are 
Icnown as "the Munsey" puperb, 
owned by Frank A. Munscy, who 
also contrM.T the New York Sun, 
not included amongr those sum- 
moned. The Daily News is a Mc- 
Cormlck paper, operated by me 
same interests that publish the Chi- 
cago Tribune. 

' The summonses were obtained by 
Oeorge B. Van C!evc, brother-in- 
law of Miss Davies. who informed 
Magistrate Simpson in YrrkvlUe 
Police Court that the papers had 
published Marion Davies had at- 
tended the lawn party given by uer 
sister, Reine. June 24, at the latter's 
home in Freeport, L. I., following 
which. pn,rty Mrs. Hazel Hirsh shot 
her huaband, Oscar A. Hirsh, 
tJirough the mouth, on the lawn of 
the Davies home. Van Cleve said 
the pai>er8 named had been re- 
quested to publish after each had 
persisted in insi«'ting Marlon Davies 
was at the party, a denial she was 
there, but tliat they had refused. 

Th<? summonses are returnable to- 
morrow (S^aturday) before Magis- 
trate Simpson. During the week 
representatives of the papers at- 
tempted to secure information to 
base their defense. 

It is said the local and county 
lOfflcials of Nassau county had a 
complete story of the shooting af- 
fair the day following, and in ad- 
dition learned the names of all me 
guests at Miss Davies' home. The 
Nassau county officials, according 
to the story, upon so: e of the New 
York dailies publishing wild scare 
head reports, called the reporters 
assigned to the Hirsh shooting into 
their offices and told them the en- 
tire story as they had found it. The 
olTicials say not one of the papers 
published the account given to its 
representatives, but continued to 
print Marion Davies was at her sis- 
ter's home that Saturday, along 
"With malicious insinuations. 

One of the latter first published 
In the Evening Telegram stated 
ll^a. Hirsh had shot her husband 
when finding hira "holding a film 
•tar in his arms on the lawn." As 
Marion Davies was the only film 
•tar (Cosmopolitan) mentioned in 
connection with the shooting, Its 
reference was obvious, although 
that particular story could have re- 
ferred to Relne Davies as well. The 
"holding a film star in his arms" 
flction was widely published 
throughout the country, as were 
«ther stories about the shooting. A 

(Continued on page 18) 



Little Attention Paid by Agency 

to Walton Law in New 

York State 

Show Leaving This Week— 

"Strut" Going In— No Dam- 

age to Hitchock or Carroll 

An exchange of overhand swings 
and wallops between Raymond 
Hitclicock and Earl Carroll on one 
o^ the warm evenings of last week 
led to nn agreement whereby "Pin 
Wheel" will close at the Carroll 
Saturday. The fistic affair, which 
was not damaging to either con- 
testant, occurred at the close of the 
first section of the performance, 
just after Hitchy made an an- 
announcement and the curtain 
failed to drop for some reason. 

The withdrawing of ''Pin Wheel" 
left the house open to book in 
"Strut Miss Lizzie," Creamer and 
Layton's colored show, which 
entered ♦he Times Square from the 
East S. .0 N tlonal Winter Garden. 
The' colored attraction move.s in 
Monday. It rented the Times 
Square for three weeks. The house 
had previously booked "Sue Dear," 
which is a mid-summer entrant 
next Monday. "Strut Miss Lizzie" 
will enter the Carroll on sharing 
terms, but a guarantee is said to be 
part of the contract. Its gross last 
week was around |6,000, favorable 
fc- a show of the kind. It was not 
until Friday afternoon that the 
Minskys, who are interested in 
"Lizzie," secured the Carroll date. 

"Pin Wheel," which is a mixture 
of Greenwich Village classical 
dances and vaudeville, plus Hitchy 
as a roving comedian, is quoted at 
a little under |7,000 for last week. 
It was claimed that two houses 
were offered "Pin Wheel." Changes 
continue in the cast. The^ lat- 
est Dolly Connolly, who is fea- 
tured in the billing. Frank Fay re- 
mains In the show. His idea of 
calling people from the audience, 
which he started with his "intimate 
concerts" at the Cort last year. Is 
used regularly. As the show has 
no finale, the request entertainers 
readily fit in there. Bernard Gran- 
ville was mentioned joining the 
show this week. 

"Taps," tho kid drummer, lasted 
but two or three days. The Gerry 
Society brought about his with- 
drawal, and the parents were fined 
$50 last week. Other children ap- 
pear on Broadway with permits, but 
the society is said to have become 
angry In the case of "Taps" because 
the parents had "put something 


I - - ^ 


Opening nights! I detest them. The/ simply bore me to tears. 
Especially mine, for that's the night my society following appears. 
We weren't going to open 'till August, but I told my author. Jack Lalt, 
That July was the month, I could tell by the stars, and that's why we 

didn't wait. 
Tou see I am a child of Capricorn. Just now the stars are propitious 

for me; 
The stars! The stars! Those wonderful stars! They guide my destiny. 
And even tho' I'm playing the Winter Garden in a musical revuo, 
The planets foretell many other things I'm going to do. 
For I hear the drama calling— I can't forsake it, you see. 
For there's only a few of us left — Duse, Bernhardt and me. 
Dear Mrs. Fiske is a great artist, too— and Ethel Barrymore 
I hear is going with Hopkins, and will give a repertoire 
Of Ibsen, Shaw and Shakespeare— strange, how strange but true- 
She Is doing the very thing that I was going to do. 
George Jean Nathan advised n.e— George, he's such a love; 
How we've discussed tho drama; I'm the only artiste he speaks hij^hly of; 
First time he was ever to vaudeville— he came to see me last spring— 
I wa^ playing un petlto morceau de Chinol.s— a pretty little thing. 
And knowing my dramatic talents. I really almost faint 
When I walk on that Winter Garden atapo, f«>r doing the thing I aint. 
What right have I to be in a revue with this perfect diction of mine? 
Everyone knows my diction is perfect. Oh. the drama'-s the place I 

It's distressing to wait 'till next season, but I'll have to wait. I fe;ir. 
Because any show I appear in always runs in iNCw York for a year. 
In the meantime I'm readinR Socrates. Aristotle and INrtlia M. Cl:ty. 
I am Rludiou.s. I am cultured! 1 am th<' Durhoss of ilnaduay. 

Friv«)litie.s^ Ivq left . behind-: why. I bmy myself l or wcf ks, 

Delving into tho classics and huntin?: up any aTiti<ru« i:^. 

With the "Literary Digest" in my hand, my lori:rn«'ttes lo my <ye^ 

I advance on the wheels of culture— for wrll do I realize 

One's social position demantls it; and what i.s th«' answer, luay? 

The answer is thev all call nie 'The Duches<< of i;roa<lway." 

- nUn\<hv Merrill. 

An "opposition" cut-rate theatre 
ticket agency is reported planned 
for next season. That and the sup- 
posed operation of the ne^w ticket 
agency law were matters of inter- 
est in the agency marts which are 
as sluggish in the same ratio as 
Broadway's theatres. The Walton 
bill prohibiting the resale of tickets 
for more than 60 cents in excess 
of the box office price, signed by 
Governor Miller at Albany several 
months ago, was suppor.d to take 
effect Immediately. It was stated 
at the time the comptroller would 
not be able to set enforcement ma- 
chinery in action before the first 
of July. Saturday there was no 
activity noted on the part of agents 
of the comptroller, nor was there 
up to Wednesday. 

Only two or three agencies have 
applied for a license as required by 
law. which calls for the payment of 
$100 fee annually and provides for 
the filing of a bond for 11.000, to 
be forfeited in case of violations. 
The new license is hun^; in one of 
the 50-cent agencies. The majority 
of brokers have taken the position 
that application for a licence would 
be a tacit recognition of the meas- 
ure, which the Governor at the time 
of signing expressed doubt as to its 
constitutionality. The brokers are 
probably holding oft on advice of 
counsel. They have agreed to test 
the Iftw and arrests for violations 
are expected. Limitation of sales 
prices has been ruled on by the 
highest courts as unconstitutional. 
For that reason the agency owners 
appear quite placid in the face of 
the Walton law. 

Development in the formation of 
a new cut-rate agency may occur 
this month. One of the agencies 
selling for a premium is named as 
backing the reported venture. This 
agency has a lease on the Tyson 
"Fifth Ave." oflrtce in the Longacre 
building, next door to the Public 
Service Agency, which has had the 
cut-rate field virtually to itself. 
The Tyson office will move to tho 
Knickerbocker building next month 
and their present quarters may be 
used for the new cut-rate outfit. 
One of the biggest controllers of 
theatres in New York is reputed to 
have promised support to the pro- 
posed new cut-rater. Advantage 
of dumping tickets from the pre- 
mium office Is mentioned, both of- 
fices being under the same control, 
according to present status. 

Very few of the agencies are both- 
ering with the 5 per cent, govern- 
ment tax law and are continuing to 
sell tickets on a basis of 10 per 
cent. Since the firet of the year 
tickets sold for only 50 cents pre- 
mium are subject to a 5 per cent, 
agency tax. A $2.50 ticket sells at 
the box ofllce for $2.75, which in- 
cludes the 10 per cent, admission 
tax. When sold through an agency 
at 50 cents premium the charge 
would be $3.27 H or $6.55 for two. 
As a rule the agencies continue to 
collect $3.30 and $6.60. Several of- 
fices committed to 50 cents pre- 
mium only are Iseiuing a half-cent 
coupon in tho case of single ticket 
sales, the coupon to be used at any 
other time. The others figure 
patrons are not interested in sav- 
ing the 2% cents and refuse to in- 
stall a coupon system. Technically 
that makes such sales In excess of 
50 cents and the government could 
exact IM cents on each ticket thus 



Yvonne George for New Tolliet'' 
at Shubert Labor Day 

The line-up of the next "(Jreen- 
wich Village Follies." which is due 
for the Shnbort. New York. r.,abor 
Day. was added to this week by the 
cabled acceptance of Yvonne 
George, a Parisian actress. Others 
thus far onffaKf^d include Carl 
Randall, Fr-inkie Heath, l.,u(:ille 
Chalfonte. George Railsey and 
Savoy and Tirennan (who were on 
ti>ur with seasf^ns "l^"'ol lies' ; 
.I(»e Cook is mentioned as a i)Ossi- 
bility fr>r tli<' n«xt Gieenvvieh show. 

J^arr.niy While and l-3ya Puck 
were pl.-i'-ed niidrr crinfr.ifl for 
lliiM' by th.' ll«,hrmi i us. Inc.. 
the jirodu/'-er.-:? <)f the ••rjr(>enwich 
TTrruTTe Foil .'pk;"^ "ft — ry' li ici ^ l y me uill lie >senl on tour in th" 
fall wji.ii the i;>;:i 'l-'iillics,"' v.lucli 
Will Jiuve T»'d I.»\vi.s and Joe lirown. 
I'i.'inM vaill for Wliii*.* an*! l'u<k to 
;t|)jK'rir in ii«'xt jrai'.-* 'Follif.s." 

Burlesque, lik« the legitimate, 
vaudovllle, pictures and other ck- 
tablished divisions of show business, 
was arrived at through an orderly 
and clearly defined process of evo- 
lution. Its ancestral tree dates ba^.c 
some 50-odd years. Like many an- 
other pedigree It contains much 
that was good, bad, indifferent, low- 
ly and aristocratic. 

While authorities disagree on Just 
what particular branch of the 
amusement field was th. dominat- 
ing factor in the birth of burlesque 
as a basic entertainment, there is 
no question but that the old-time 
extr.avaganzas, such as "The Blaca. 
Crook." had an important infiuence { 
in shaping tho form and substance 
of the first burlesque shows. 

The English pantomimes, wiia 
their principal boy characters al- 
ways impersonated by women, a 
type transplanted directly to bur- 
lesque, and a feature of all of the 
early shows, undoubtedly furnished 
an idea or two for the first bur- 
lesque shows. That tho chorus of 
the burlesque show may be traced 
readily to grand opera is Indisput- 
able. The comic operas took the 
chorus ensemble and ballet from 
grand opera; extravaganza, a first 
cousin to comic opera, adopted the 
chorus in turn from comic opera, 
and burlesque finally secured its 
chorus from extravaganza. 

For Its comedy, burlesque delved 
deep Into minstrelsy, variety and 
farce comedy, also comic opera. Tne 
old-time afterpiece* which formed 
the bulwark of the comedy of the 
first burlesque shows, and inci- 
dentally have performed the same 
function for all burlesque shows 
and many a show playing at many 
times the burlesque admission 
scale, whether labeled as musical 
comedy or some other higher class 
moniker,, had their origin in the 
"nigger acts" of the numerous min- 
strel shows of the 'CDs. 

The concert hall arrived with the 
general introduction of beer ab a 
beverage in America. At first the 
concert hall had a sort of combined 
concert and variety show, mado up 
mostly of singing and musical turns, 
but audiences gradually called for 
something more, and the concert 
hall entertainers, largely recruited 
from minstrelsy, added the after- 
piece as a part of the show. The 
afterpieces, although changed a bit 
through somewhat different charac- 
terization, were pretty nearly Iden- 
tical with the afterpieces that had 
been used In minstrelsy. 

Newcomers seeking entry into tne- 
atrlcals secured their first stage en- 
gagf-ments in concert halls and 
naturally had to learn the game as 
It was then played. They were ac- 
cordingly Initiated into the technic 
of the afterpiece. As a result, a 
large school of performers devel- 
oped that had a repertoire of the 
old afterpieces at their fingers' ends. 
When burlesque got under way and 
shows began to multiply it was but 
expected burlesque should seek 
them and they should seek bur- 
lesque. ^T-T-^ 

The first idea of burlesque, a4- 
though not generally known, was a 
show that should really burlesque 
or travesty drama or opera. This 
plan was deviated from, through 
the necessity of having new bur- 
lesques on current plays written for 
each seasonal engagement. The 
afterpieces suggested a solution of 
the new material Little 
by little burlcsqpe grew away from 
the dictionary definition, but at the 
same time secured for itself a solid 
foundation with the afterpieces. 

Historians generally credit Lydia 
Thompson with laying the founda- 
tion for what later developed into 
burlesque as an institution. Miss 
Thomp.son was an English woman 
who came over here with her own 
company In 1868, opening at Woods 
Museum, New York, with an enter- 
tainment that held a mixture of ex- 
travaganza, pantomime as it was 
played as a distinct branch of 
amusement in England, and bur- 
lesque. The burlesque portion of 
the show travestied a Greek or 
lif)man <lrama. That d.'is.slcal 
drama travesty Incidentally In tho 
Lydi.a Thomp.son show was the 
d.'iddy of the Greek and Uonutii 
travesties and burlc.s(iues since 
play <1 in bin Icsque, vaudtville, mu- 
sical comedy, etc. Tlie Lydia 
Tlir»m|»sori company incliiHfd I'au- 
lirx.' Mi.iivharn, who later Jyccamo a 
finiou.s biii i(jHiii«.' .'^liir li« r.iilf. 

Tl'.e K<jif/-S.intiey company w.-i.s 
-++rt^-ji r st out and ttttt A r nerifa n -btti*^ 

tired, residing In Florida. Aba 
Leavitt managed the Rentz-Santley 
show, which had its premiere at the 
Olympic, New York, in 1870. Re- 
sides being the first American bur- 
lesque show, the Rentz-Santlejr 
company holds another record — it 
played longer under one title than 
any burlesquo show, its annual 
tours covei-lng a period of 48 years. 
The nearest approach to this record 
is the "London Belles" title which 
W. S. Campbell used for 30 yeara 
up to last season and which will be 
changed next season. In 1882 or 
thereabouts a second company of 
tho Rentz-Santley show was formed 
and went to England, playing over 
there successfull/ for a run. 

Harry Morris, who came into fame 
in 1902 with his own show "Night 
on Broadway," was among the 
Rentz-Santley preformers who went 
to England with the show. 

Between 1870 and 1880 several 
other burlesque shows sprung up. 
among them the Adah Richmond 
Burlesquers, named after the prin- 
cipal woman; Wallace Sisters Show, 
a mixture of burlesque and comic 
opera; "Around the Clock," in which 
Harry Kerncll, one of the first Irish 
comedians, was starred; Victoria 
Loftus Troupe of British Blondes; 
May Fake's English Blondes, and 
Villa and Miner's (the latter the 
late Henry C. Miner) Burlesquers. 

From 1880 to 1890 burlesque 
gained considerably in popularity 
and had developed Into a definite 
form of entertainment, with a first 
part, olio and afterpiece or bur- 
lesque. Most of the shows that were 
rated as burlesque shows between 
1870 and 1880 were partly of the 
minstrel type, and many contained 
casts entirely composed of women. 

Among the shows organized from 
1880 to 1890 were the Ida Siddons 
Co., Sam T. Jack's "Lily CUy" Co.. 
Lillle Hall's Burlesquers, Madame 
Girard Oyer's English Novelty Co.. 
Bob Manchester's "Night Owls," 
May Howard's Co. (managed by 
Harry Morris, her husband, and 
Tom Miaco), the "City Club," or- 
ganized by the same managers; 
Sam T. Jack's "Creole Burlesquers," 
an all -negro show; Fay Foster 
Co., organized by Joe Oppenheimor; 
Rose Hill's "English Folly" Co., 
managed by Rice and Barton; 
Weber and Fields' Vaudeville Club, 
John S. Grieves* Burlesquers, 
Boom's "Model Burlesquers,** "Pari- 
sian Folly," and John H. Smith's 
"Henry Burlesquers," In which 
Mclntyre and Heath appeared. 

From 1890 to 1906 burlesque made 
consistent progress, with' a number 
of new shows entering the field. included Louise Dempsoys 
Burlesquers. Lester and^ Williams' 
"Mo and Jack," John Flynn's "Lon- 
don Gaiety Girls," Matt Flynn and 
Phil Sheridan's "City Sports." May 
Russell Co., RelUy and Woods 
Show which had previously been 
a variety organization and which 
by the simple expedient of putting 
in an opening skit and adding 
chorus girls to the afterpiece aiid 
working them in numbers, trans- 
formed itself into a burlesque show, 
which only goes to show how thin 
the line that diVided burlesque and 
variety really wa» Pat Rellly and 
Louis Roble were the managers of 
the Rellly and Woods show. Other 
shows Included the "French Folly" 
Co., organized by Bob Manchester, 
and which had Sam Bernard u4 
road manager and leading come- 
dian; Mabel Snow's Burlesquers, 
Brown's "Boston Creoles," "Ivanhoo 
Burlesquers," "Roulette Club Bur- 
lesquers," Sefton and Watson's Co., 
the latter, William B. (Beeftrust) 
Watson, with a company that in- 
cluded Harry Bryant, W. B. Wat- 
son and Jeanett Dupre; "Black 
Crook^Jurlesquers," Sam T. Jack's 
"Forty Thieves," Ada Dixon's Bur- 
lesquers, "Busy Bees," Agnes Evans 
Co.; "London Belles," Rush's "White 
Crooks," "Casino Girls," Harry Mor- 
ris* Burle.squers, "Night on Broad- 
way," "London Sports" "Razzlo 
Dazzle." Washburn Sisters' "Last 
.Senatlon." Fannie Hlirs "Twentieth 
Century Maids," produced by Han/ 
Morris and W. S. Woodhull. This 
show had a burlesque on tho then 
popular success (1895), "Trilby," In 
which Harry Morris attracted wldo 
attention through his travesty h 
conception of Svengali; Rnsh's 
Mxcelsior Co., Loui.s Roble'.s *Po- 
h'^jni.'iiis," organized in 1896 and 
fine of the outstandlsj.? shows of 
all btnlcsnne with a cast that in- 
clMled ni;iny prcFcnt day stars; 
, ^ frwih . lJr pth<^rH ' Bu rlesqye,^ a n.X^ 

l".^-<iue (•(»m|*any. This wa.s cv<»lvtd 
froru an .ill female hI»ow knowri as 
iMadarn<' Kent/.' Minstrel.^', Hponsor«'d 
l.y ^'. II. Lc.tMtt. Mt. Lcavifl is 
oveT SO years oM. and pti-sf tit!., r'-- 

.Speci.ilty Co.; Joe Oppenhelmer's 
"Zero", Lawrence Weber'f "Olym- 
r>ia," (Jus Hill's ''Vanity Fair," Al 
K"ev< s r'o.. Miner's "Americana,' 
(<^''ontinu««d on page %C) • 




amimiv . ii}k»^'.-vj. j'-.- 

Friday, JUli! J, IJili 


Figures estimated and comment point to some attractions being 
successful, while the same gross accredited to others might suggest 
mediocrity or loss. The variance is explained in the difference in 
house capacities, with the varying overhead. Also the size of cast, 
with consequent difference in necessary gross for profit. Variance 
in business necessary for musical attraction as against dramatic 
play is also considered. 

«*Abie'8 Irish Rose," Fulton (7th 
"week). Specializing In two (or 
one tiokcts and attracting busi- 
ness from outside regular trade 
channels. Claims over $6,000 last 
•Blossom Time," Ambassador. Stop- 
ped Saturday; announcements 
given out operetta will reopen 
Aug. 1; vacations asked given as 
reason for closing. Hot wave late 
last week probably counted more; 
show had been doing better than 
7 even break. Ran 40 weeks. Got 

nearly $8,600 last week. 
Captain Appfejack," Cort (28th 
week). Other than one shari) de- 
cline in hot wave early in June, 
this comedy hit has been holding 
up to excellent business for this 
period.. Summer stayer and ought 
to hold over into next season. 
. Affected by heat last week and 
' dropped to $8,900. 
«*Cat and Canary/' National (22d 
week). Opened early in winter 
and led Broadway's dramas for a 
time. Slowed down with advent 
of summer, but Is still turning 
profit and is expected to ride into 
fall season. Hot weather pushed 
pace down to a bit under $7,500 
last week. 
''Chauve-Souris," Century (23d 
week). Fifth week of new pro- 
gram presented by Gesfs Russian 
novelty company, with business 
standing up second only to "Fol- 
•Follies," New Amsterdam (5th 
week). Ziegfeld revue beating all 
others aided by $4 scale that ex- 
tends for entire orchestra floor 
■ and actually makes prices highest 
'• «ver for New Amsterdam. L<ast 
week gross of $37,600 again drawn. 
"Good Morning Dearie," Globe (36th 
•week) .Paired with "Muslo Box 
Revue" as season's leading mus- 
ical smashes. Agency buy extends 
through July, which ought to in- 
sure riding into fall season. Like 
others, skidded last week; dipped 
under $20,000 for first time. Gave 
matlnoo Fourth and sold out. 
*He Who Gets Slapped," Garrick 
(26th week). week around 
$4,500. Cheap operation. 
■Kempy,"' Belmont (8th week). 
Continues to sell out on lower 
floor, with few seats not disposed 
of in balcony. Approximately 
$8,000 weekly, not much under ca- 
pacity in this limited house. 
»*Kiki," Belasco (32d week). Be- 
lasco's dramatic smash; has held 
up to remarkable draw both at 
box office and in agencies. Never 
dropped under $15,000 and has 
been getting $16,000 and over of 
"Lawful Larceny," Republic (27th 
week). Last week's business did 
not go much over $4,000 and run 
may end this week. One of few 
shows to play matinee Fourth and 
benefited in unlooked-for degree. 
'*Mu8ic.Box Revue," Music Box (42d 
week). Now leading holdovers 
Into summer, though under ca- 
^ pacity like others. Last week 
•Partners Again," Selwyn (10th 
week). Selwyns took chance in 
bringing comedy smash Into town 
on evo of siftnmer, but large 
agency buy was secured and show 
has been leading the non-musicals. 
Last week, however, heat pushed 
pace to $14,500. 
"Pin Wheel," Earl Carroll (4th 
week). Cast changes bringing 
new people into revue, a Green- 
wich village conception. Business 
about an even break; closes 
Saturday. "Strut Miss Lizzie" 
moves here Monday. 
''Shuffle Along," 63d Street (59th 
week). Another two weeks for 
the record-making colored revue, 
listed to enter SelwyUi Boston, at 
end of month. 
"Six Cylinder Love," Sam Harris 
(46th week). May ride through 
summer. Making little weekly, 
with business better than some 
others which h.ave been hanging 
on. Got nearly $7,000 last week. 
*'8pico of 1922," Winter Garden 
(1st week). The Jack Lalt »cvuc 
opened two weeks ago In Atlantic 
City to great business. Woko up 
Philadelphia at Walnut Street last 
week. Opened at Garden last 
(Thursday) night. 
''Strut Miss Lizzie," Times Square 
(3d week). Moves to Carroll Mon- 
day; agreement called for only 
three weeks' rental here. Last 
week heat affected pace about 
$2l000 over opening week. Tak- 
ings were $5,800. 
"The Bat," Morosco (98th week), 
lias passed its 800th performance. 
Mystery pieco going through sec- 

©nd summer with but ono or two 

weeks not seeing even break or 
better. Completes two years' run 
Aug. 19. 
"The Dover Road," Bijou (29th 
week). Went under $4,500 last 
week, but Htlll able to do better 

Gave matinee Fourth and sold out, 
weather break doing it. 

^'The Goldfish," Astor (11th week). 
Hot going of last week slowed 
pace to tune of over $2,000 from 
smart increase of previous week, 
which was first since moving from 
Elliott. Takings little under 

"The Hairy Ape," Plymouth. Closed 
Saturday as originally intended. 
Management was to have contin- 
ued attraction one more week. 
Weather turned, and with this 
week including Fourth of July, 
closing was made definite. Ran 
11 werk«. Drew $6,000 final week. 

"Silver Wings," Apollo (8th week). 

"Nero," Lyric (7th week). Film. 


Open -Air Performance of "Mikado" 
•t Carlin's Park 

Baltimore, July 8. 

Two thousand people saw the 
opening of the summer season of 
the Gilbert and Sullivan operas in 
Carlin's Arena Monday night with 
DeWolf Hopper and a most Illus- 
trious light opera cast. "The Mi- 
kado" made its bow and produced 
unbounded enthusiasm among lo- 
cal theatregoers. Presented as It 
was m an open-air arena in an 
amusement park it was unfortunate 
enough to have its second act in- 
terrupted by a rain storm, yet an 
audience eager for more of it hud- 
dled under umbrellas while the or- 
chestra was removed to the back 
stage regions and the performance 

The company Is also composed of 
Herbert Waterous, J. Humblrd 
Duffey, Arthur Cunningham and 
Alice McKenzie. The orchestra un- 
der the direction of Max Flschland- 
er played the score as it was meant 
to be played. The costumes were 
more than adequate — for with their 
Japanese handiwork and woven 
gold, they made an excellent show- 


Alleaed Common-Law Wife 

Has Abandoned Fiaht— ^ 

Opposed by A. I. Sire 




San Francisco, July 6. 

Morosco's Casino opened Satur- 
day with "So Long Letty" by the 
newly organized Morosco company. 
The opening performance was re- 
markably smooth and considerable 
credit is due Harry James, who di- 
rected, as well as to the capable 
cast assembled. 

Marjorie Leach, playing the titu- 
lar role, proves a happy selection 
for the role created by Charlotte 
Greenwood. She is built along the 
general style of that comedienne 
and bae a fine sense of comedy 
values. In support are Frank De- 
voe, Marta Golden, Ja:nes Dunn, 
Alma Francis, Herbert Hoey, Mar- 
na Dalore and Oakes and DeLour. 
all of whom acquitted themselves 
with honcrs. 

There are 20 girls in the chorus, 
well trained and corking sir ors. 
The one fault Is the costuming of 
the ensemble, evidently remakes 
from the original. 

fThe business was capacity on the 
opening nig t and it held up well 

The Casino has been entirely re- 
decorated. The opening was at- 
tended among others by Oliver 
Morosco and his wife, the former 
Selma Paley, and Peggy Joyce. 

••Letty" is at 25c.-75c., with the 
boxes at $1; smoklni^ permitted. 
The company Is really a stock or- 
ganization. It is expected - new 
musical bill will be offered in a 
few weeks. 


San Francisco. July 5. 

"The Circle," with John Drew and 
Mrs. Carter, and "Mr. Pim Passes 
Ry" will close with the local en- 

"Mr. Pim" has been engaged to 
remain for a third week at the 
Columbia while "The Circle' 'at the 
Century will open the new Selwyn, 
Chicago, on Labor Day. 

Nat Roth AbU fo^'Go Komo 
Chicago, July 5. 
Nat Roth, company manager of 
"Lilloi.i," managed to leave his sick 

lied at a local loop hotel Sunday 
uifl^btcak cv7n on sumwicr tcrms^. '^^^ depart to his home in- the 

Through the referee's return of 
all papers relating to the litigation 
over the estate • left by Henry B. 
Sire, formerly theatre owner and 
manager. It was disclosed last week 
in the Surrogate's Court that the 
fight begun In 1918 between a Lizzie 
La Vere Sire, who claimed to be 
decedent's common -law wife, and 
Albert L Sire, his brother, who 
denied her claim, has been aban- 

Henry B. Sire, who was 57, died 
after a long Illness, without leaving 
a will, Jan. 17, 1917. Early In life 
he was In the real estate business 
with his father, and about 25 years 
ago entered the theatrical field and 
purchased the New York theatre. 
Later he leased the Casino theatre. 
He retired about a dozen years ago. 
After his death, upon her affidavit 
to the court she was his widow and 
that he was also survived by sev- 
eral brothers, Lizzie La Vere Sire 
of 237 West 51st street had herself 
appointed the administratrix of Mr. 
Sire's property, and later on sought 
through court proceedings to have 
Albert I. Sire turn over to her c-t*- 
tain property which she claimed be- 
longed to the estate and was under 
his control. 

Albert I. Sire appeared in court. 
In answer to her complaint he de- 
manded the revocation of her ad- 
ministration letters upon the ground 
that his brother was a bachelor. He 
said that he was his brother's con- 
fidential adviser on all matters anvl 
had been most Intimate with him 
for the last 30 years of his life. He 
said his first knowledge that ad- 
ministration letters upon the estate 
had been issued and that there was 
such a thing as a "wife" In Henry's 
life was when the administratrix 
served him with the court order 
directing him to appear before the 
Surrogate and be examined as to 
property belonging to the estate and 
alleged to be under his control. 

Mr. Sire further said that his 
brother Henry was paralyzed lor 
about a year and a half before his 
death, was unable to leave the 
house and that the sorcalled wife 
never came near him during that 

Answering Mr. Sire's allegations, 
Lizzie La Vere Sire made an affi- 
davit to the court in which she 

"In the summer of 1876 the late 
Henry B. Sire and deponent agreed 
to live together as husband and 

"Said Henry placed a plain gold 
ring on the finger of deponent and 
said to her: 

•• 'Now we are married In the 
eye of God, though not In the eye 
of man,' and said Henry and this 
deponent continued to live together 
as husband and wife. 

"For about two or three years 
they lived in a hotel In Waverly 
place. Then they moved to an 
apartment at 140 West 36th street, 
where they lived for 17 years, and 
then moved to 237 West 51st street, 
at which place they lived together 
for 20 years, and your deponent Is 
still living In the same house." 

Because she said that a few 
months prior to Henry's death he 
went away to Hot Springs, Ark., 
for his health, and then went to his 
late father's farm near Morristown, 
N. J., and that all the members of 
the Sire family knew her well. 
Surrogate Fowler, since retired, be- 
cau.«5e of the age limit, appointed 
Judge Charles Brown referee to 
ascertain the facts In the contro- 

Henry B. Sire, who left realty and 
personalty the value of which wnl 
not be known until, under the di- 
rection of the court, it is appiai8*-d 
for inheritance taxation. In addi- 
tion to his brother, Albert, Is sur- 
vived by three other brothers, 
Lawrence, Leander and Clarence 

In May, 1891, Henry B. Sire was 
named defendant in a $50,000 breach 
of promise suit brought by Estlirr 
Jacobs, a singer, and after a trial 
before Justice Sedwick and a jury, 
Dec. 19, 1892, was ordered to pay 
$25,000 and 11,568.24 costs. Mr. Sire 
took an appeal, but dropped it May 
25. 1893. 

In her complaint Miss Jacobs 
charged that on Nov. 15, 1887, Mr, 
Sire promised to marry her within 

Quite likely tTieatregoers of the 
United States do not realize some 
facts In connection with the opera- 
tion of the theatres composing the 
Columbia Amusement Company 
circuit. Columbia's theatres are 
conducted In most cases precisely 
the same as are the $2 theatres as 
to details of upkeep. This applies 
particularly to such matters as 
cleanliness and repairs. It Is not 
because the other theatres are so 
carefully looked after that Columbia 
houses are scrupulously maintained. 
They are kept clean and inviting 
because It is part of the system to 
have everything done right, in front 
as well as behind the footUghts. 

Conditions in all cities where the 
Columbia circuit is represented in- 
dicate that old-time prejudice 
against burlesque is fast disappear- 
ing under the realization that bur- 
lesque is no longer offensive. Tne 
theatre-going public is learning the 
not differ and the same high stand- 

ards of music are demanded in bur* 
lesque as elsewhere. 

In the matter of expenses the ad« 
vertising material, tickets and the 
programs are printed by the saniv 
printers at the same prices as those 
of the gilt-edge houses. 

Not long ago, unfortunately, man/ 
persons harbored wrong Ideas con- 
cerning what the burlesque stage 
had to offer. It seemed natural for 
many folks to expect that burlesque 
offered Jokes, songs and puns of 
questionable humor and suggestive- 
ness. This hurt burlesque, and It 
is to overcome the harmful impres- 
sion and totally destroy It that pro* 
ducers and managers now insist' 
nothing questionable Is permitted' 
to creep Into any of their shows. 

Producers, authors and managers 
of musical comedies and farces aro' 
not so particular. And this leaves' 
a strange situation in which we 
find the shows presented In the hign 
priced theatres often bordering on 
the shady, while shows in the bur- 


.stigma attached to burlesque is 
wholly undeserved. 

Although not generally known, the 
weekly expense of conducting a 
burlesque theatre is as heavy as for 
maintaining the high-priced housen. 
Theatre locations of the Columbia 
circuit are of the best ,the seating 
arrangements arc the same as In all 
other theatres; the newspaper ad- 
vertisements are as large and often 
larger, and tho same license re- 
quired for burlesque as all other 
theatres. And for ventilation and 
sanitation It Is doubtful if there au 
any better equipped. 

Musicians playing in burlesque 
theatres are the same as tho^e 
playing In the most expensive 
houses; they receive the same sa.- 
aries and it is not at all unusual 
for orchestra men to go from tne 
great opera houses, and musical 
comedy theatres to burlesque and 
vice versa. Their rate of pay does 

lesque houses are kept scrupulously 

The public has come to recognize 
this situation. One often hears It 
said nowadays that those seeking 
something risque had best go to tne 
high-priced theatres, for in bur- 
lesque shows the plots, musical 
numbers. Jokes, dances and cos- 
tumes are above reproach. 

It Is not unreasonable to predict 
something which may seem far 
fetched to some, but Is nevertheless 
quite within the bounds of proba- 
bilities and that Is that burlesque 
authors, producers and players of 
the present will exert a great influ- 
ence in uplifting the stags and rais- 
ing the moral tone of all American 
theatrical entertainment. And the 
.standards put into effect and con- 
scientiously observed on the Colum- 
bia circuit will be the big factor in 
such improvement of the entire 
American stage. 

clal instance" shp pave up her 
musical career in which she made 
"large gains and profits by singing 
in public, at concerts and other 
places, where money was paid ror 

She said that at "the time of .«?ald 
promise the dofcndmt represented 
and stated to the plaintiff he had 
an intrigue with a woman, 
name he did not disclose to this 
plaintiff, but who was and i.s now 
known and reproscnling herself to 
be 'Mrs. Henry B. Sire'." 

During the breach of prnmis-o 
case court documents show Lizzie 
La Vere Sire was rx.'rtninod. Sno 
testified she was then 34 years old 
(1S92), and had met Mr. f;iru some 
time In 1880, having been intro- 
duced to him by one Goorgle Lil- 
roux at the Erandroth House, who 
was a friend of Mr. Slre,-^ ^ 

Lizzie La Vere said that In. 1876, 
possibly 1875, she was married lo 
.1 Henry Lane, "who went traveling, 
pometimes for his health and some- 

times went on businc?5S. She said 
a reasonable time, and at his "."ipc- that h^ rhaldcn Yiame wa.<i Lizzie 

La Vere and that she had married 
Mr. Lane in the parlor room or an 
old minister's home somewhere in 
Brooklyn, the name and addroes of 
the minister which she could not 
recall. She said that she had her 
marriage certificate somewhere 
among her private papers and was 
not sure that she could find it im- 

She said that Mr. Lane died 
.«!o»newhere in California, just where 
arnl when and of what she did not 
know as she was in the east and only 
heard of it; just how and where 
she did not say, but did remember 
that it was about 1876, or about a 
year after their marriage. 

She admilttd that Henry B. Sire 
had given her money and purchased 
various things for her, but said It 
was of his own free will and she 
really needed none of hl« financial 
help as ske had money of her own. 
She said that she had an aunt, 
called Elizabeth A. Fessler, and that 
shortly before her aunt died the 
latter had made her a present of 
$15,000 In ca^h. 


Friday, July 7, 1»« 






July 4th Gala Theatre Day in Town — Matinees and 
Nights to Capacity — Return of Heat Will Change 
Present Layout 

Freak weather featured this, ttie 
Fourth of July week, which is con- 
sidered the worst of the year on 
Broadway. It is Invariably true the 
out of town exodus of vacationists 
over the Independence Day period 
leaves theatricals at the lowest ebb. 
Rain was the means of providui^ 
an exception to the rule, and rain, 
through its temperingr of tempera- 
tures, is the reason why Broadway 
8(111 has 21 attractions on the 
boards, whereas normalljr there 
would be at least half a dozen less. 

June broke all records at tne 
weather bureau for rainfall in the 
metropolitan and other districts 
throughout the country. Hot 
weather, descending late last week. 

Poughkeepsie Backer Takes 

Over Show in Chicago 

— Lederer Out 



Charade Style of Entertain- 
ment— "Intimate Stuff" 
Principal Feature 

A specially built musical enter- 
tainment for Raymond Hitchcock as 
its star is proposed by the Shuberts 
this fall on the roof of the 44th 
Street theatre. The style will be of 
the charade description, with "intl- 


The Hitchcock piece will have 
special writers, not as yet selected, 
but about all of the other details 
have been arranged for: 

Hitchcock, with Frank Fay, are 
now the star and feature of "Pin 
Wheel," at the Carroll. The revue 
clases Saturday, but may go on 


Whiteman's Band and Irene Castle 
for New '"Scandals" 

Two fe.itures secured by George 
White for his new "ScandivJta" 
revue, which is due in August, are 
Irene C'jistle and Paul Whileman's 
band. Miss Castle, who is abroad, 
is reported having agreed by cable 
through her agent. The Whiteman 
appearance would not interfere 
with the band's playing at the 
Palais Royal during the Broadway 
run of the show. 

Ann Pennington and Le.«»ter Allen 
are also reported having been en- 
gaged again for the White show 
and White himself is to appear. 
White's plan to star Miss Penning- 
ton is reportecl abandoned for the 


Kansas City Sees Prosperity from 
Harvest Time 

fl„.„y broue With a de,uge Monaa, ZT ^T'n,lT. llT.^.r:^ Z 

VZr.tTZrVt.T^unl w"a! R-»'- — t -"• >h, century 
predicted to be a acorcher, but it 
was cloudy throughout the day, rain 
coming again in the evening. Only 
.six attractions gambled with the 

weather, they switching the usual 
Wednesday matinee to Tuesday, and 

all cleaned up, more than evening 

up for Monday night's downpour. 
The managements of those shows 

which gave matinees figured there 

would be little or nothing drawn 

Wednesday (the day after the 

Fourth). As it turned out. they 

secured a lucky break. . TUe un- 
usual trick of selling out on a 

Fourth of July matinee was ac- 
complished by "Good Mornmg, 

Dearie" at the Globe, the house 

going clean shortly after noon. 

Only two attractions were offered 

In cut rates for the afternoon, "The 

Dover Road," at the Bijou, record- 
ing a sell-out almost as soon as 

"Dearie," and "Lawful Larceny" 

getting a windfall by drawing four 

figures at the Republic. The mati- 
nee Wits capacity for "Kempy" at 

tlie Belmont. "Partners Again" en- 
joyed the beat afternoon since 

opening at the Selwyn, getting 

11.400 and about MJOO on the day. 

•'Cat and Canary," at the National. 

was in on the break, while "Chauve- 

Souris/' which gives a regular 

matinee Tuesday, again drew splen- 
did business. 

Tuesday afternoon found Broad- 
way with a fair gathering of visi- 
tors. The regulars were out of the 

city, but strangers who aimed for 

the beaches sought theatres in- 

atead. There were enough visitorji. 

to fill the open. The "Fol- 
lies" could have sold out twice on 

the Fourth, but gave only the reg- 
ular night performance. The Zleg- 

feld attraction was not affected by 

Monday night's storm, and played 

to standing room, the box office 

■tatement registering $5,000. The 

"Follies" continues its remarkable 

business pace, the gross last week 

again beating $37,500. 
The heat of last week affected 

tnont all of the other ; ttractions. a 

drop of $2,000 and over being gen- 
eral and mostly applying after 

Wednesday. Because of it, two 

shows listed to remain were taken 

off. They were "The Hairy Ape.' 

at the Plymouth, and "Blossom 

Time," at the Ambassador. The 

latter attraction held up well and 

it is announced the closing is for 

July, which s^'ts a continuance date 

for "Blos.som Time" for July 31. 
"Pin Wheel." the curiously blende<l 

revue of Greenwich Village and 

vaudeville, will close Saturday at the 

Karl Carroll. It may reopen in a 

few weeks after additional changes. 

Out of town booking has been of- 
fered the attraction even in it.s 

pre.sent form. Last week "Pin 

Wlieel' got $6,900. For a .show of 

the kind that may have been closf 

to an oven break. "Strut Mi.^s 

Lizzie." the colored revue at the 

Timo.s Square, will move into the 

Carroll Monday, playiii;; terni.s 

though with a money" aurce- 

ment for tiie Ik. use. "Lizzif" diew 

a Rros.s of |->,^00 for Its second we^k. 

but indu^rions for a better pao' 

apply for thi.s wook. "ShntY'e 

A!oii«." fh.. othnr colon- 1 .<ho-,v. h:i> 

two more v»o(.:;.s at th- 63d Stn-et. 

it then K-iijii; ,,n tour. 
l!iipicM_^M:— l4»i5L:^—4hf?-^^tck^ I.-rH- 

revue, was the premie: e of tl:.- 

week, open in- at the Winter (;;ir- 

tlen Thur.s.lay (last ni«ht) at $'*.''»0 


Kansas City, July 5. 

Based on the recent report of 
J. C. Mohler, secretary of the State 
Board of Trade, and estimates by 
independent crop authorities in 
Kansas, the Kansas wheat crop, 
now being harvested, will be worth 
$126,000,000. This means plenty of 
money for the Sunflower State 
within the next few weeks and 
much joy for those interested in 

Practically all of this golden grain 
is cleared through this city and 
means much to the dealers and the 
local banks. 

Threshing returns are most favor- 
able, and It is. estimated the farmers 
will pay out some $5,000,000 to the 
harvesters within the next few 

Bankers report the farmers haVe 
had no trouble in obtaining ade- 
quate funds for harvest purposes, 
and all work will be paid for in 

the opening to l.«» follo-.vod by 
(.Continued on page 17) 


Mrs. Augu.sta LJddy. widow of 
.Jenmie Hddy. i.'' reported in enibar- 
ras.^i:;g stiait.^. Since the death 
of h*'r hut-l)and, who was a figure in 
tiie dramatic field, Mr.s. Kddy ha.s 
hft'n doing bits in pietui^'s for five 
ycar.M. Her hii.s!>.ind d:«'d in r.n6. 

In tho past year bu.siness depres- 
sion in fh" picture business has 
iMis.'d ;iri cmbu risking sit'mtion for 
.Mr.s. Kddy, who lives at 312 West 
4r,?h St reef. .N'ew York. 


lOd Wynn bro!;.' h:.s ar-n .June -:) 
uliile pi lyjng ;;'>If it he .Soun^i 
X'le'.v (',o\i rii.i). Wynn was pla> - 
..Mg « for.' on..' w.t King 
}<T ml; — Cf tveh — m l ' Oscn r • .S ha w 
\\\\<*t\ he stumbled from tl»e top of 
I li.Kard ir:l<l the :njury. 
ll" concluded .» !.>ng engage;nint in 
Til" I»c;fe(t Toiil" a» the Ceorge 
M. Cohan. New York. Saturday, 

Chicago, July 5. 
*Tor Gotdness Sako" at the Gar- 
rick is continuing under the immedi- 
ate direction of Davison Lloyd, the 
Poughkeepsie "angel" of the piece, 
who resigned as "angel" upon arriv- 
ing here Thursday to become a 
showman instead. 

Lloyd was preceded by his repre- 
sentative, J. W. Trudeau, who In- 
formed John J. Carrity, the Shu- 
berts* local representative, to with- 
hold recognition of George W. 
Lederer as director-general of the 
piece and its corporate ope«ator. 
Phoenix Play Co., until Lloyd's ar- 
rival. When the latter reached here 
he displaced Lederer as president 
of the corporation an(^ as connected 
with the " 'oodness Sake" manage- 
ment. Lederer demanded $300 for 
last week's salary, two weeks' salary 
for notice and return transportation 
to New York. All of these demands 
were refused by Lloyd. Lederer Is 
reported to have left here Monday 
with his wife (Ruby Lewis) and 
brother-in-law, K. L. McNabb, who 
had been company manager with the 
show. Lloyd claimed to hold all 

of the stock of the l*hoenix Piny 
Co. After Lederer's departure Lkiyd 
called in Walter Duggan to repre- 
sent him. Duggan had been han- 
dling the press work for the show at 
the request of Garrity (whoee judg- 
ment and hendwork are actually re- 
sponsible for the survival of this 
attraction). Duggan agreed to. look 
after the interests of the show until 
Aug, 1, when his active representa- 
tion 1( cally for the Selwyns will 

Last ['"riday night it looked squal- 
ly when the company asked that 
Kquity insist a bon<l bo deposited 
by Llfiyd. Kquity replied Lederer's 
standing with the organization was 
o. k., as he had protected all com- 
panies taken out, a reason why he 
was not required to furnish a bond 
in the first place, but Lloyd decided 
to post the Itond and other bonds, to 
protect the show, raising his invest- 
ment in the piece through cash 
turned in and liability accepted up 
to $100,000. Lloyd had paid in 
$12,000 after his original contribu- 
tion of $10,000 for the show, making 
his cash investment $22,000 before 
he left here to return to Pough- 
keepsie. Interested, however, with 
Lloyd in the first investment of 
$10,000 was Schatz. another Pough- 
keepsie financier who saw money in 
the sho.v business. 

The new management headed by 
Duggan intends to reorganize the 
company, placing it on an expense 
basis where Lloyd will get the run 
for his money he deserves. The 
show so he.avlly hooked up 
with a $6,000 weekly cost it never 
had a chance here in the summer- 
time, ahd thcj $6,000 cast couldn't 
draw a $10,000 week at the Garrlck. 
Cast changes now confront Dug- 
gan. It is reported Duggan frankly 
explained the entire situation to the 
company and they are with him. 
Marjorie Oateson left Saturday, but 
her departure had nothing to do 
with the situation. She remained 
beyond her agreement to help out 
the management. Eihel Wilson re- 
placed her. Virginia O Brien leaves 
tonight, with Edna Bates succeed- 
ing in her role. John Hazzard is to 
leave Saturday, with John Young 
replacing him. Vinton Freedly also 
goes Saturday, although Freedly is 
agreeable to remain another week 
until a substitute has been chosen. 
Tiie Ast.aires handed in their notice 
Saturday to take effect July 16. TIk'V 
are s.aid to have received a contract 
for $1,000 weekly with this show. 

Mr. and .Mrs. Truileaii were about 
to start on tlieir honeymoon when 
Lloyd asked Trudeau r.a go to Chi- 
c.igo to look into tilings. Mrs. Tru- 
de.iu was fornv rly connected with 
the Colli ngs wood opera house. 
Ptiughkeepsie. liefore leaving Lloyd 
said lu; would lirid out more about 
tlie show busines.s and ^"angeling" 
after he h;id corisulled hi.||lit t»>rney.>i 
in .\ew Vi*rk. T 

The Lederer party staju-d at the 
Hotel Drake wiiile here, but Led4?rer 
refused to comment, saying he was 
going to a fjrrn in Indiirii for a 
v.H a ion. 

Ji.e Smith, .-it.ig" director with tl^e 
sliow. it. ft t iwn S.ind.iy after a corn- 

pr ^ >fn i^^^ — ' Wn. s reaehed i'+»444^vw4+4g 

SrniMi's threif o .ft leh the siiow. 
Smith .illeged n \etlial contract with 
Ledefr. 'Mi'' l.loyl -jnst.ijlcd m;in 
igemer.t .-itlled u'i;h iiim, inil;in' 
its own \jU^t\ wiueli WMi Accupted. 

Before drawing comparisons be- 
tween the burlesque shows of 25 
years ago and today, countless ad- 
vantages accruing to the present 
day shows that those of a quarter 
of a century ago did not enjoy 
of a century ago did not enjoy must 
be considered. Around 1897 the 
admission scale of burlesque was 
approximately but a third of what 
it is now. Fifty cents top was then 
the general rule for houses playing 
burlesque, with a theatre here and 
there occasionally tilting to 75 cents 
but the number of the latter was 

Consequently the shows of 25 
ye.ars ago n^essarily played to 
much lower weekly, even 
when playing a house which had a 
capacity approaching the burle.sque 
houses of today, which was very 
seldom. Most of the old time bur- 
lesque houses seated from a third 
to a quartep less than the modern 
houses. A good week's business for 

a burlesque show 25 years ago was 
$2,500 to $3,000. But the shows 
didn't always play to anything near 
those amounts. Those were top 
notch figures, with many weeks re- 
turning but half or less than half of 
the above grosses. 

Admittedly the cost of operation 
was greatly lower — railroad fares, 
salaries, costumes, scenery, every- 
thing that went Into a burlesque 
i how cost much less, but the Income 
of thi» burlPRque producer was lim- 
ited through other factors — the sea- 
sons were shorter and the railroad 
jumps often disastrous, because of 
the lack of a booking system. The 
shows often ran Into periods of 
bad business through lack of ad- 
vance knowledge of show conditions 
in towns where they were booked. 

With profits correspondingly dim- 
inished under those possible now- 
adays, the old-time burlesque pro- 
ducer naturally was a bit shy when 
it came to plunging on production. 
The old-time shows accordingly 
could not compare scenically. The 
same ai)plies to costumes. 

Where the present day burlesque 
shows, as exemplified by the Colum- 
bi.i wheel attractions, carry six and 
se\en changes of scenery for each 
half of the performance, with a 
production standard that frequently 
compares with musical comedy of 
the better type, the old-time shows 
iienerally pas ed up the production 
end with a couple of sets, one for 
the opener and anotlu-r for the 
closer. A wood set like as not or 

parlor interior that had seen hard 
service for one and a palace set 
for thtt other. There were one or 
two exceptions, of course, bold 
spirits who took a charice and 
proved to their own satisfaction 
that burlesque could s'ill draw 
more peojile than it did. If the 
shows were better staged. But 
there were not many of thorn. 

Fred Irwin was one of the first 
with a production and show that 
represented an investment that 
topj;)ed the regulation production 
costs of his day, setting a pace for 
the others that few cared to fol- 
low. Louis Uoble was another with 
the original "P.ohemlans." Harry 
Morris also stepped out from the 
rank and file with a show that 
showed a big jump over the pre- 
vailing production But even 
tiie shows mentioned would look 
rather bush league as regards pro- 
duction to the average current Co- 
lumbia wheel show. 

The Morri.M, Itoble and Irwin 
show.'< referred to were well equip- 
ped with costumes, but the major- 
ity of the shows considered they 
had more than sufficient with five 
costume changes. Silk tights for 
the choristers were also a rarity, 
cotton with a sort of standardized 
sh;«de of pink, arrived at through 
rn.iriy trips to the laundry, being 
the gener.'il thing. 

No matter what the producer of 
LT) yerirs ago was willing to SF>end 
on his show, he was h«*ld back t)y 
limitations over which he had no 
Control. 'T.Jke flectrical effects: 
llaidly any of the Khf)WS carried 
.iny thing, arid the were not 
equipped any l«'tter. Irllectricity 
b.'Kl just cf)me into general uso In 
therifres for footlights a few ye.ars 
before, many of the hoii^seM, liK-«» the 
London, on the B«>wery, having no 
e!e tri«al .ippar.itus. lighting the 
>a^»«>». w4th- *«aH--ff»**4]-i+;4»4H^ «44d- Ka« 
border lights. These were guirde.l 
by wire n»»tting. With no «dectri<!.'il 
fieiliti^M to ►:|»e;ik of In Mven <be 
ix-'ler e piipped houses, MI.e the old 
Lmpjrc/ on iSouth bixth striet, 

Brooklyn (the house was torn down 
20 years ago to make way for tho 
present Williamsburg bridge) the 
shows could not get anything very 
ambitious in the way of modern 
lighting. The nearest approach to 
the spotlight was a calcium ar- 
rangement that was apt to blow any 
time during the show if not properly 
handled — and frequently they did. 

And the chorus girls — that is, 
most of them: It seemed as if th« 
average burlesque manager hunted 
around for giantesses and possible 
winners of fat women contests. The 
bigger and more Amazon they were 
the better they liked 'cm. There 
was no effort generally to grad« 
the choristers as they are grade<t 
Into ponies, mediums and show girls 
today. They were all or nearly all 
big ones. Pretty nearly any of th« 
old-time choruses could hav« 
stepped into Billy Watson's Beef- 
trust and more than satisfied Wat- 
son's craving for fat women In hi« 
chorus line. 

But If the choristers were fat. th» 
productions generally cheap and th« 
costumes lacking in everything they 
should have, even the general rua 
of the burlesque shows of 25 year* 
ago had something that many a 
present day show might be glad to 
have — and that was an all-afovad 
entertaining show, with comedy 
that compelled laughs and perform- 
ers who knew how to get laughs. 

In the maiter of performers, the 
old-time shows could more than 
hold its own with the present day 
troupes. Burlesque now has plenty 
of excellent talent, singers, dancers, 
comedians, it being the natural 
training school for the young per- 
former to develop his abilities, but 
even the most optimistic critic of 
present day burlesque must admit 
it Is not overburdened with come- 
dians such as those who made the 
old-time shows attractive. 

With comedians like Sam Ber- 
nard, Weber and Fields. Dan Mc- 
Avoy, Pat Reilly (Rellly and 
Wdods), Mclntyre and Heath, Nell 
OBrlen (Bogart and O'Brien). Billy 
B. Van, and others who have since 
gained fame In branches other than 
burlesque, it was but natural the 
shows should be strong on comedy. 
And singers — how about Joe How- 
ard (How.ird and Kmerson, now 
Howard and Clark In vaudeville), 
Kmma Carus, who started as a fe- 
male baritone and who was rated 
as having a remarkable voice; 
Jerry Ma honey, and hosts of others? 
It was the same with dancers — the 
dancers with the old-time shows 
were as good, at least, as most of 
the top notchers In the burlesque, 
vaudeville or the musical comedy 
fitdd of now. 

The shows of 25 years ago were 
perhaps better In substance than 
the present burlesque shows, but 
were far from the equal of ths 
present day burlesque In form. But 
when the prices of admission (59 
cents) of the old-time shows is re- 
membered, as against the $1.50 and 
$1.25 top of the present day shows, 
it would look as if the old timers 
have considerably the best of It. 


(Continued from page 6) 
there is never any "cheating'' st 
the Columbia, for while Mack sees 
only the Monday afternoon perfor- 
mance, McCloy is around the front 
of the theatre all of the time. 

It's odd to say that burlesque, de- 
rided, panned, roasted, toasted, rid- 
iculed and sneered at for years and 
years, should eventually » )me to the 
front, despite the temptation, de- 
spite the box office and despite the 
war-time that niined so many oth^r 
lines of enti-rtalnment, astli«c!e;in- 
est performance today. 

Cleanliness has made Columb!* 
burlesque. Statistics will prove it. 
The biggest profit made In bur- 
lesque has been with the cleria 
shows. Dirty shows only draw to 
the upper fiart of a theatre. In the 
long run, and make a stag ;. idience. 
Variety In Its cr|f lej^ms in the ofden 
days and of the Western Wh. el 
shows esjiec ally, dwelt upon ttils 
time and time .ig.iin, but in those 
days It h.-id no effect. 

It neotled enlightened, modem 
showmen, who h;id deveIop''d and 
understood vvhit their enormrMi.s iri- 
ve.«'tments In new thr.atrps me.ant, 
to realize th;it a clean show would 
k« e,» their theatres open; lint duly 
ones Would c them. 

It's huslnesK with the Columbi.i 
execnlive.s; tliey are in the ^how 
-bit>t M u t ..^M. — TiM!V.4.uJi.-a-H4* falj4«^ >it^»iui- 
nor d(» (hev any fals" pedcsf;i|, 
but they <l » w.'inf clean .-.hows b.^- 
c!iu.He thev Knovv cli-in .shows me»n 
firo.**perit y. it iho. e .show.-* ar • riiadu 
c>iUr(ciining. 0im«m 




ij™wj»i^». y-.r'r XwyvX IKT 

Friday, July 7, 1923 




Great Cuts in Expense of 'Tor Goodness Sake" — 
"Angel" Wised Up— "Liliom" Goes Out— $4,003 
Gross Enough for 'Xilies of Field" to Break 

Chicago, July 5. 

'Theatrical management in the 
foremost of the loop's legitimate ac- 
tivities these days Is not for wealc- 
liearted executives. 

Wrinkles are covering the brows 
(Df the greater share of the man- 
agers. Leaving Chicago with but 
four shows, along comes a restora- 
tive furnished by the peculiarities 
of the summer playgoers until now 
it isn't certain what shows are in 
town and what shows have silently 
paclced up and departed until after 
a visit to all the playhouses. The 
theatrical calendars in the news- 

papers are a guide to the puzzled 
playgoer no longer. 

Jumbled financial affairs poured 
more uncertainties into the career 
of "Lilies of the Field" and "For 
Goodness Sake." With the former, 
despite newspaper announcements, 
the Powers is still open, holding the 
feminine-appealing show for another 
week. Who knows but what "Lilies 
of the Field" will remain at the 
Powers until July 23. when another 
contract brings the Arnold Daly- 
Jos. Gaites new vehicle into town? 

"For Goodness Sake" somewhat 
(Continued on i)age 58) 

Reported Meeting Called of 

Tab Producers July 19-21 

in Cincinnati 

during August by another Butter- 
Held stock at Kalamazoo. Mr. Mor- 
< daunt is the general director of all 
of the Butterfield (W. S.) stocks. 


The London, on the Bowery near Houston street, opened Nov. 27, 1876. 
For a number of years it played variety shows, changing to burlesque 
around 1890. In 1909 it changed again to pictures and vaudeville, and ihc 
following year, 1910, became a Yiddish stock house under the manage- 
ment of Lipzin. Since then it has played Italian dramatic and operatic 
uhows, and Yiddish stock, -with periodical changes. 

During the twenty odd years that it played burlesque, the London 
figured as the training school for hundreds of artists who later became 
famous star.s, James Donaldson built the house and was its first manager. 
James Curtin, now manager of the Empire, Brooklyn, was resident 
manager during the period burlesque occupied, the house. 

The advance that burlesque has made since the days of the London 
and Miners Eighth Avenue, in the matter of theatre construction, may be 
seen by comparing the modern type of burlesque house as represented by 
the Columbia-built theatres shown opposite. 

It is reported Equity is attempt- 
ing to line up producers of tabloid 
musical shows, including cabaret 
revues, for the Equity fold. 

A meeting of tabloid producers is 
said to have been called July 19-21 
at the Hotel Slnton, Cincinnati. 
Equity proposes to have its repre- 
sentatives present. 

It ill said the move of Equity may 
force several tab and cabaret pro- 
ducers into the Producing Managers' 
Association. The P. M. A. has four 
classes, legit producers, repertoire, 
touring and stock. The tabs and 
cabarets might be admitted to P. 
M. A. mcribership under the stock 
or touring classification. Each calls 
for a small week4y sum for each tab 
or show played, with an initiation 

Equity, according to those claim- 
ing familiarity with its inner work- 
ings, is aiming through tabs and 
floor revues, to secure an opening 
wedge to gain membership away 
from the vaudeville branch. Tabs 
and restaurant revues have been 
likened to vaudeville performances, 
of which they are a part If not in 
their entirety. A tab often travels 
with a vaudeville show or plays in 
a vaudeville theatre. A floor revue, 
when leaving a cabaret, goes into 
vaudeville or beiomes a tabloid 
musical show. 

Any variety performance : is 
claimec! by the Vaudeville Branch 
as under its jurisdiction. It is said 
the Equity has been making its 
moves in the tab and floor revue 
field without the knowledge of the 
Vaudeville Branch. 

In one inst.ince an Equity repre- 
sentative claimed to have the back- 
ing of the musicians in a restau- 
rant. He informed the revue pro- 
ducer unless the people of his floor 
show Joined the Equity the musi- 
cians would walk out. This struck 
the producer as peculiar in view of 
the reports from Cincinnati during 
the A. F. of L. convention recently, 
which said the international musi- 
cians' heads in that city at the time 
"walked out" on the Equity group, 
also attending, when the Equities 
submitted a plan for co-operation 
among all theatrical unions. 


Leslie Adams, leading man with 
the Westchester Players, now play- 
ing at the Wieting opera house, 
Syracuse, N. Y., stepped out of the 
company Saturday, his withdrawal 
following a disagreement with the 
management. The Westchester 
Players are operated by B. L. Fein- 
blatt of Mt. Vernon, N. Y. 

Petty annoyances, starting dur- 
ing the WeJ^lchester l*layer8* run 
at Mt. Vernon and continuing after 
the company came to this city for 
a summer engafrement, are blamed 
for his resignation from the troupe 
by Mr. Adams. According to Mr. 
Adams, it was understood when he 
Joined the players the productions 
alternately should feature the roles 
of the leading man and leading 
woman. Since the company has 
been in Syracuse, Mr. Adams points 

* out he has had but one real part, 
that in "The Copperhead," given 
tho second week of the Wieting 

The failure of the Players mnn- 
agemeVit to give Mr. Adams an 
©pportunUy to fe.'iture has attract- 
ed no little comment in theatrical 
cirrli's ' hfio, • Syracuse dr.tmatic 
writers agreed such action would 

^Tstrcngthrn^ tiHrfompanyr— — — :— : 

A special .^tock company is being 
f)r'-:.iniz«(l by George Kby f«-r occu- 
inilion of the Columbia, San Fran- 
cisco. iMabel Lowe and Creighton 
XimiM iUiHu l^we'H brother-in-law) 

will co-star, appearing in "Little 
Old New York" and "Just Suppose." 
Elach play will be given for two 
weeks, the former opening July 31. 
Adhiission will be |2 top. The sup- 
port is being recruited in the East. 
Following the Columbia date, the 
company will move to the Fulton, 
Oakland, repeating both plays. Fol- 
lowing will be a short season of 
repertoire. Miss Lowe recently 
closed with the Academy Players 
at Richmond. The stock opened 
during Lent and continued for 16 


A new comedy drama called 
"Down in the Lehigh Valley" was 
tried out for the first time Monday 
by tho Broadway Players, a stock 
company appearing at the Kurlzt 
Bethlehem, Pa. The play is by 
William C. Stone, associated with 
Max Marcin, Stone is credited with 
collaborating in the writing of sev- 
eral Broadway Kuccc»sses though^ tie 
was not given billing. John E. 
Iloparty and Barry MoCormnok are 
jointly Interested in the Broadway 
Players management. 

Dick Wilbur ami his stock com- 
pany at the ()rph«uin, Oakland, Cal., 
clo.sed last week. 

"The .Stranger or WomaiLJiL ihc 

Balance," a drama in throe acts and 
a prolog by Harry (Ir.aves Miller 
an<l Hal Mordajint. was produced 
for the time on any stage by 
the stock at the Jeffers, Saginaw. 
Mich. The play will be lepeated 


Herbert Heyes, the new leading 
man at the Alcazar, opened his spe- 
cial engagement last week in "Blind 
Youth" and made a fine impression, 
although the opinion of the pfess 
was divided as to his ability as a 
leading man. Because of Heyes' 
long playing in pictures his voice 
suffered. He apparently had diffi- 
culty in handling his yoice properly 
the opei^ing week. 

The Strand, Newark, N. J., play- 
ing pictures, closed Saturday. It is 
announced to reopen with the same 
policy and by the Centre Amuse- 
ment Co., but it is thought in New- 
ark the Centre people may allow 
the house to revert to the Drake in- 
terests, with the possibility of 
Maude Fealy playing stock in it 
next season. Her choice for Newark 
for stock lies between the Strand 
and 6rpheum. The Orpheum is 
larger, ^with the Strand's location 
preferable. The Centre people 
lately started a "Sunday" agitation 
in Newark against other picture 
theatres. It has led to many 
complications with a Sunday viola- 
tion against the Centre people now 

Next week at the Royal Alexan- 
dria, Toronto, the stock will play 
for the first time on any stage 
"When Tonrmy Comes to Town." 

The Proc or Players at Proctor's, 
Troy, N. 1 , have been given two 
weeks' noti e, but with the proviso 
it shall noi become, effective if the 
controversy with the musicians' 
union ovei the number of men to 
play in th* house orchestra is set- 
tled. The union insists on seven 
men, while the Proctor people stand 
lirm for five. With the situation ap- 
parently deadlocked, the musicians' 
union notified the stage hands that 
ih.ey would have to come out In 
two weeks, and the notice to mem- 
bers of the stock company followed. 
The the.itre Is without music at 
present. Business is reported to 
have picked up steadily since the 
I'roctor players opened last week. 


John Hogarty will be back and 
A. M. ("Musty") Miller* will be 
ahead /of Jane Cowl's new play to 
be produced by the Selwyns. It is 
as yet unnamed. Mlsa Cowl re- 
turned from abroad this week. 

Frank Matthews will be ahead 
land Lou Payne hack with the No. 1 
"Circle," which closed in San Fran- 
cisco as planned Saturday. Charles 
Hunt will bw back, with Howard 
Gale and Howard Robey ahead of 
the southern company of "The 

Al LaMar will ^ ahead of "The 
Master Woman," May Robson's new 

Wally Decker will be ahead and 
Gene Shutz back with "Land o' Ro- 
mance," the new Fiske O'Hara play. 

John Curran will go in advance 
of "The Emperor Jones," which will 
have Ernest Ely aa its manager. 

Dayton Stoddard will agent "The 
Charlatan," with Jim Palzer back. 

Injured During ''Romeo and Juliet" 
Cincinnati, July 5. 
During a performance of "Romeo 
and Juliet" at the Zoo, Clifford Cun- 
ard, tenor, accidentally wounded 
Mario Valle, baritone, in the duel 


Houston will again have its week 
of grand opera, timed for late Octo- 
ber. That city's grand opera so* 
ciety is an organization made up 
of prominent citizens and much 
preparation is given the annual 
event, since that is about the only 
way the city can insure opera. 
Something like $40,000 will be spent 
for the opera festival this year, 
Singers from the operatic world 
have been engaged, but there iu to 
be local talent, also. 

Preparations are going ahead for 
the opening of the Ban Francisco 
Theatre Guild, which has secured 
the Savoy and will rename it the 
Plaza. Sam Hume, of the Uni- 
versity of California, is securing 
new plays and attending to the 
plans of redecorating the old Savoy. 
The company will be engaged by 
Aug. 16 and rehearsals start early 
in September. Among those re« 
ported to have been secured are O, 
P. Heggie, Alexandra Carlisle, 
Ferdinand Gottschalk and others. 
Hame states that he has secured 
"The Truth About Blayds" for pro- 


Miner's Eighth Avenue was built by the late Harry C. Miner in 1881. 
It was destroyed by fire in 1902, but was reconstructed a few months 
later. Like the London and Miner's Bowery, the Eighth Avenue at first 
played variety Tjhows, swiiching to burlesque around 1890. it dropped 
out of burlesque in 1915, adopting a picture policy. 

Miner's Eighth Avenue graduated more stars than could possibly be 
coumed, and Is famous for being the birthplace of the "hook," the im- 
plem>nt used by stage crews ever since to remove amateurs who over- 
stayed their time. In 1903, while an "amateur nightC' session was in 
progress, Tom Miner had exhausted every means at his command to 
coax an aspiring vocalist from the stage. He was about to order the 
lights turned off, when Chas. Outhingcr, the property man, hit upon the 
l?.^^.^ lashing a cane on a long pole, thereby lassoing the singer. Th© 
Eighth Avenue crowd immediately caught on to the Idea, and labeled 
the lengthy cane arrangement "the hook." 


"He Who Gets .Slapped," the 
Russian tragedy adapted from 
Andreyev which the Theatre Guild 
produced and its loading play of the 
season, will be sent on tour in the 
fall by Sam H. Harris In associa- 
tion 'with Jos^'im GaitcH. Hichard 
Bennett will appear In the male 
lead. Ri.nnelt recently withdrew 
from "He" to try out a new play or 
the coast, where Thomas Wilkes, 
the .stock mart.JKcr, Is preparinK 
several plays lor inroad way buldiiiK 
ne,\t season. 

~\t n5e7'n ~ tlTe~pc7Ttcy^ of Ihi- 
Guild to of Its .«ucce.«s«'.s to 
managerial firms. On tour, thouKh 
the (Juikl's name is used, it Is con- 
cerned only in a percentage of tlu' 


Rene Itlano was out of the "Music 
Box Revue" this week because of 
Injuries about the face sustained In 
a peculiar Occident at Rye. r^\ Y., 
Monday. An automobile tire Ex- 
ploded. thr«>wing stones at persons 
nearby. Mi.s.s Rianos vision was 
reported affected. 

Kmni.i HaiK .substituted for Mi»8 
Rlano at the Music Bex. where she 
is expected back late this week. 

Elsie Mackny Going to Australia 

Baltimore, July f). 

Mrs. Lionel Atwill (Elsio Mac- 
kay). who has been appearin;; in 
■\Tiir{r«7vnTe — WTHT ~lT7nr ~ mi.'<b;nid tn- 
"Th.- White' Face Fool." is leaving 
for San Kranci.sco, preparatory to a 
ten week.s' trip to Austialia. 

Flor'.nce Kvolyn Maryin will f-iic- 
cecd Miss Mackay in the sketch. 



In the above group the two theatres in the centre are the Columbia (left) at Broadway and 47th Street^ New York City, and (right) 
Columbia, Chicago, the two most representative theatres regular burlesque ever played in in this country. 

On the upper line frqm left to right are the Gayety, Detroit; Olympic, Cincinnati, and Gayety, Kansas City. 
The' lower line (leftT, Gayety, Buffalo; (right), Gayety, Louisville. 



(Continued from page 2) 
company through subsidiary corpo- 
rations exorciaes an ownership con- 
trol over one-half of the circuit, 
and by leases and booking fees a 
direct opntrol over the other half 
of the circuit. The associated inter- 
ests in these theatres represent an 
outlay of over $10,000,000. 

The Columbia Amusomint C< in- 
pany has, on a Ciipit.ili7.iif inn of 
1250.000, accumulated surplus a^sots 
amounting to approximately $1.UU0.- 
t'OO. The corporation has practi- 
cally no debts payable, ami carries 
debts receivable to the cxttiit of 
-$400^000^ : ■ . ■ , : 

This kind of a sliowinp; Hpfak.s 
for it.solf as to the linanoi.ii .<ound- 
nt-ss of the company. It enjoys a 
reputation and rating In the bank- 
ing and commercial world Al. The 
company has never defaulted in ft ^ 

contract, always preferring to stand 
•by a bad bargain honestly entered 
into or to amicably settle in order 
to be relieved and released there- 

The Columbia Amusement Com- 
pany functions as a booking concern 
pure and Himple, furiii.shing the- 
atres for shows and pro\ iiliri},' .shows 
for theatres. The booking conlract.s 
for lK)th houj^od and tbe.itre.s — 
termed — are models of 
Iheir kind and afiord a.s nearly a.s is 
humanly pcssible almost p'-rfert 
pr-.ttction to Uie holi»rs liieriof. 
The i/Ian or .system of (»|>erating 
the circuit i» simplicity itself. At 
(he op.tiiiig of e\eiy .^e.-ison the 
.shows are automatically '>'«^'l" '"'^ 
tTi( M l r ro'^rrrt t n m o ve nver the e i r' 
cuit. following " ach other in fix. d 
and undeviating order, hence the;4:iiation, "the wh*el." Kach 
show knows from the day it starts 
out exactly where it Is going to 
appear on ans^ ai^d every date dur- 

ing the Bea«on and what theatres 
it is going to play, so that they are 
able to figure out to a dollar what 
their weekly cost of operation will 
be. barring accidents, of course. 

While the season of 1921-22 
brought its disappointments, the 
avetago weekly business through- 
out the circuit for the season fell 
but little short of the average 
weekly receipts for the live years 
immridiately preceding last season. 

The show owners and producers 
an<l the theatre owners and man- 
ag«Ts are all "up on their toes" 
planning nnd executing for (he com- 
ing seisiu. Tlieir sh.gan is "Better 
th.m ever." Tlie public can look 
for a bolter line of attractions than 
<>vcr br'fore prtiaeutcd in. burlesque 


I regard the Columbia Amusement 
Company and burlesque circuit as 
the most striking fcxam]»le of suc- 
cessful and effective co-opcrulive 
endeavor anywhore recorded. 


(Continued from pa^e 15) 

regular $3 top scale. Indications are 
for a run and much interest has 
been aroused through out of town 
reports of the show's suooess*. "Sue 
De.'ir" is the entrant announced for 
next week, taking the Tim"S Square. 

liroadwuy will continu*? to off<?r 21 
shows next week. There la an '*lf" 
on hot wealljer. Several closings 
may oeeur if iH^.' h.';af. returns. 
Fifty P9r Cent, in Cut Rates 

Of the 21 attractions that are cur- 
rent on iJroadway there aro 11 
available at the cut rate countpr, 



while there are but sevc n l<uys run- 
ning; this numb'-r, howrvf r, will be 
iiKH'ased by one aft^r the of) riin^ 
of "Spice of ]'J22" ;it tli.' Winter 
f;..irden last night. T\i". bi oi. ra tool- 
practically the entire lower floor for 

thlij attraction — about 4r»0 
for the first eight weeks. 

The complete buy list includes 
"Kiki" (Helasco), "Kempy" (Bel- 
mont), "Captain Applejack" (Cort), 
"fiood Morning Dearie" (Globe), 
"Music HoK Hevue" (Musie iJox), 
"Follies" (New Amsterdam). "Part- 
ners Again (Selwyn) and "Spice of 
i'.)22" (Wmtcr O.irden). 

In the cut rates the 11 shows 
listed were "The Oolddsh " (Astor), 
"The Dover Koad" (IMjoij), "Via 
Wheel" (Carroll), "From Morn to 
Midnight" (Krazee), "Abie's Irish 
Rose" (i'ulton), 'Ho Who Gets 
Slapped" (Garrick), "Six Cylinder 
Lovo" (Harris). "The I!at" (Moros- 
r-o), "Lawful Larceny" (Republic), 
"Shuffle Along" (G3d Street) and 
^S li u t Ml - qs fctzzlc^MTt 

Clnude Bostocl<, the Keith agent, 
left .New York June 30 for a tlve- 
w (k m(<toring and ttahiug trip 
throti^h Maine. 



"1 11 ^'j'.' IN 



SPICE OF 1922 

Writtrn by Jack LaH; eluc«-«l hy Allan 
K. FO«t«r and (Ttvcnted by Arman Kaltz. 
Opened *t Winter Garden. New York, 
#uly %. 

Principals— Vul< ska Suratt. Adnle Row- 
Und, Midg(«; Miller, Evan BurrowH Fon- 
taln, Jane liK-hurdvon, Helen O'Hhea, Lu- 
cille BallMitlne, Flavia Ar<-aro. Jimmy 
Humey, Arman Kaliz, James Watto, James 
C. Morton, Georsie Trlnce, Fam iloarn. 
Jack Trainer, Rex Storey, Will Oakland. 
Oattison J'nen, Ruth Drothera, Marion and 
Randall, Jame* Gaylor. 

••The Spioe of 1922" is known as 

"Jack L.ait'8 show" along Broadway. 

It was to have opened last night 

(Thursday) at the Winter Garden, 
New York, succeeding the Eddie 

Cantor show, "Make It Snappy," 

that had a successful run into the 

numnu'r ut that Shubert house. 

The "Spice" piece was selected for 
• midsummer stay at the Cardon 
owing to the immen.«e drawing 
power it evidenced in its out-of- 
town dates, doing |1C,000 on its 
week at Atlantic City, a record for 
the season there, and $18,000 last 
week at the Walnut Street, Phila- 
delphia, at $2.50 top, the Walnut's 
record for gross for several years. 

No one will take one mite of credit 
away from Mr. Lait after seeing the 

performance, but they will also be- 
stow lavish praise upon Allan K. 
Foster, who staged the show. Lait 
wrote in laughs, that most valuable 
commodity a revue can possess, and 
made this revue look more like a 
genuine one as the general impres- 
Bion of Buch a performance exists 
than anything Broadway has had 
Bince Geo. M. Cohan's Kevue. Mr. 
Foster, with a free hand, has done 
wonders, considering this show does 
not pretend to enter the "produc- 
tion" class of "The Follies" or the 
usual Garden - Shubert - produced 
musical attractions. 

The chances are the Garden's cli- 
entele will take to "Spice" whole- 
heartedly, fur they will see an enter- 
tainment vastly different from the 
set routine of all Garden attractions. 
The previous deviation was the 
Cantor show that went in heavily 
Xor comedy, in scenes and business, 
which held that attraction in there 
for a run. "Spice"' goes in for com- 
edy, and Lait more often gets it 
through his dialog than any other 
way. That is what excited the ad- 
miration for this show out of town, 
that its dialog made them laugh, be- 
sides the snappy staging always in 

"Spice of 1922" is a smart revue. 
It starts smart, with a laugh almost 
at the opening, and the laughs are 
kept up as the story develops of a 
troupe about to give a performance 
with a censor and a policeman 
warning them not to use "bedroom 
Bcenes," and at once time cutting 
out all dialog or "gags" in the script 
until nothing is left. This is clev- 
erly handled for the opportunity of 
•working in those very "gags.'' 

The climax of the censoring is a 
•'bedroom scene" ("All Night Long ') 
that should make New York talk, 
lender its satirical comedy is a dar- 
ing bit of ^tage busines.s. While 
the laugh may make an audience 
forget it for the moment, the 
thought will afterward occur that 
of all the bedroom bits ever put on 
in legit farces along the main alley, 
none even commenced to approach 
this one. 

Another skit Is "Help," all com- 
edy. It was formerly a vaudeville 
playlet written by Lait and had 
Jack Tralnor in the lead, Mr. Trainor 
again leads in it in the show. Cast 
with the principals of the produc- 
tion, this skit, acknowledged as a 
valuable comedy turn for vaude- 
ville, is a production scream. It 
runs about 11 minutes. 

In numbers two are so sightly 
they atone for the somewhat slim 
production otherwise, although this 
latter will hardly be noticed by the 
lays. Robert Law, who built the 
production, did it so well the effects 
loom up as almost extravagant, al- 
though the actual cost has been un- 
questionably held down. For that 
matter, there is so much inside stuff 
on how this show, 9tarte<l on a 
Fhoestring and an idea, jumped from 
a gamble to a Winter (iardten run 
(selected by Lee Shubert himself) 
that when it is firmly set at the 
Garden that portion will be worth 

The first act finale. "Two Little 
Wooden Shoes,'' built around a song 
and a good one, with a delft plate 
background, has been so deftly put 
on by Mr. Foster it sends the song 
Into the hU column and will make 
the delft scene one the most talked 
about staging hits of the season. 
producers will Immediately note 
what Mr. Foster has accomplished 
in this setting (and probably at one- 
sixth of the cost other Broadway 
productions would have paid). An- 
other Bong hit scene, with the num- 
ber Bung by Adele Kowland, "On a 
Little Side Street in Parcc," is made 
to stand up and out from the show's 
Bcore through the staged illustra- 
tions of the lyric. It is something 
new in number staging and very ef- 
fective, while the song Itself Is 
— tiicre. 

A simple little setting called *'A 
"Wheat Field" and set in "two" be- 
fore a back drop has all the appear- 
ance of a full stage set, through the 
perspective and the staging. This 
Is probably the best bit of magnified 
' '^loplo Staging the Wlnt«r (J^arden 

has ever seen. Only the eight chbrus 
men with a number leader are em- 

One of the prettiest stage pictures 
in years is the entrance for Valeska 
Suratt in "The Lilies of the Field" 
scene. The dialog here so aptly fits 
and is so well delivered by Miss 
Surratt this scene becomes very im- 
pressive in each of its several 
angles. For the finale of the show 
there is a cake-walk finish (or 
"strut") with Miss Suratt strutting 
or cake-walking among the other 
principals that should be interesting 
to who don't know all of Miss 
Surratt's versatile repertoire. It 
may have been done in blackface at 
the Garden. A big laugh is won by 
her in the "help" skit when she ap- 
plies for the position of a stenogra- 
pher. The boss of the office (Mr. 
Trainor) asks if she has had any 
experience. "My God, I should I 
had," answers Miss Suratt. 

"Spice" is carrying 27 principals 
and 36 choristers. A secret of its 
success is the way the principals 
are utilized. Ihere are many bits 
in "one" for stage settings. These 
run from three to five minutes each. 
The longest full stage stretch is 12 
minutes. Some of the principals 
appear but once during the evening. 
The stage is kaleidoscopic in persons 
through this and with the chorus 
not too frequently brought on, gives 
a zest of changing personalities that 
helps to make it. 

Miss Suratt looms up very im- 
portantly and well in whatever she 
does. Miss Rowland scored with 
the "Paree" song, while in her spe- 
cialty she does but two numbers. 

The surprise of the cast though 
is little Midgie Miller, a cute in- 
genue-soubret who found her op- 
portunity in this piece. Miss Miller 
can literally "dance her head off ' as 
all vaudeville knows, but that she 
could deliver dialog with naivette. 
act like an ingeni.e of experience 
and make herself delightfully droll 
upon occasions became a most 
pleasant revelation. Miss Miller 
looks like a find for musical comedy. 
Among the men Jimmy Hussey 
ran away with the applause hit for 
his songs, using them for a "one" 
specialty and doing a character bit 
of "The Sheik" in a skit. Georgie 
Price also did three minutes, sing- 
ing two .songs and scoring, while 
James Watts thoroughly cleaned up 
in every particular, got some big 
and legitimate laughs with his dif- 
ferent travesties, assisted by Rex 
Storey, who had a sihgle turn of his 
own in "one" that meant little. 
Sam Hearn was the rube censor and 
got everything over but couldn't re- 
sist playing the violin during his 
spetffalty, and James C. Morton was 
properly aggressive as the cop 
throughout the evening, finally 
chasing the entire company pre- 
sumably to the booby hatch when 
they "pulled" that bedroom scene. 
Mr. Morton also led a dance with 
the Eight Pony Pepper Pots girls 
(made up out of the chorus) be- 
hind him. 

Will Oakland had a couple of 
songs, with a girl each time in the 
scene with him, once Evans Bur- 
rows Fontaine and again another 
young woman, the latter participat- 
ing with Oakland In a "shadow" bit 
that becomes somewhat of an illu- 
sion through a radium process. As 
either or both of the principals leave 
their position in front of a .screen, 
the shadow remain.s. The process 
holds the shadows for about five 
minutes if necessary until the full 
lights go on. There are several 
little bits like this through the per- 
formance without either being made 
much of more than in the ordinary 
running. One is where a young 
woman dances with her entire body 
painted in several colors, the color- 
ings prettily blending but leaving 
some perplexity whether it is paint 
or fleshings. 

Mr. Kaliz Is often on the stage, 
playing a role or singing. His forte 
here appears to be kissing. The 
business calls for much o.sculation, 
and on the male end Klaiz does it 
all. With one of the girls he has 
invented what might be called a 
front forward bending kiss that 
is a bear. 

Other nice bits are contributed 
by Helen O'Shea, Jane Richardson, 
Flavia Arcaro, Gattlson Jones (Mr. 
Jones and Miss Miller do a corking 
double dance in one), and Marion 
and Randall in d<ancing moments 
also, with the Rath Brothers in their 
lift specialty. 

The program states the songs 
were written "By Everybody, ' with 
thj names of the writers listed op- 
posite th(? title. Jimmy Hanley 
seems to have been the most liberal 

This show will draw a lot of at- 
tention to Mr. I^alt as a revue writer. 
He has ideas but has hitherto been 
looked upon a stage writer of under- 
world plays or straight comedies. 
If this Is his first revue attempt, it 
promises a great deal from him. 
Mr. Foster is a stager of repute, of 
course, known all over, but this per- 
formance certainly does say that 
F'oster must have been held down 
previously, for here he has outdone 
himself, probably taking a deep in- 
terest through being left alone. 
Foster is another with ideas, l^it 
and Foster look to be a great rwvue 

"Spice" will easily run out Its 
distance at the (Jarden. It likely 
won't want t J remain there after 
Labor Pay. Its title "Spicc"^ Is apt 
to become- standard, and the show's 
promoters for that reason prol»abIy 
will quickly send this entertainment 
over the eastern theatrical ma|», 
preparatory to an annual "SV)lce" 
event. *' i»*»»e. • 


France* Brooker, the wife of 
Charles C. Brooker, the scenic 
artist, left an estate not exceeding 
$5,000 in perBonalty when ehe died 
at the St. Vincent Hospital June 4, 
according to her husband, residing 
at 233 Ekist 89th street. New York,* 
in his application for letters of ad- 
ministration upon the property, 
which was granted to him last week 
by the Surrogate's Court. In ad- 
dition to her husband, Mrs. Brooker 
is survived by a daughter, Vivian B. 
White of Valley Falls, N. Y., both, 
because of her failure to leave a 
will, are entitled to share in the 

Mahicu A Co., Inc., Is suing Lee 
Morrison, L. Lawrence Weber, Frand 
Theatres Co., Inc., and the Hudson 
Producing Co., Inc., to recover 
$1,585.15 worth of costumes loaned 
for the "Go Easy Mabel" (Ethel 
Levey starred) production at the 
Longacre theatre. New York, or the 
equivalent in money. .*' 

Bernard Sobel, formerly occupied 
in speciiil picture publicity, who has 
been attached to the Earl Carroil 
as press agent, has had a con- 
siderable range in promotion work 
in the last month. He took on the 
agenting of "Strut Miss Lizzie" 
when it opened at the Winter Gar- 
den in the East Side, and continued 
when it reached the Times Square. 
At the same time he handled pub- 
licity for "Pin Wheel" at the Car- 
roll. As that show is leaving the 
Carroll Saturday and the colored 
troupe is moving in, he'll just have 
a low brow attraction to handle. 
He's satisfied. 

Another theatre is to be added to 
the Times Square section and with 
its arrival will pass about the 
only available plot left directly fac- 
ing the square for a playhouse site 
Within the week plans are to be 
filed for the house, located on the 
northeast corner of 46th street and 
Broadway and running back into the 
side street for approximately 175 
feet. The house is to have a seating 
capacity of 2,800. It is said to be 
the Stanley company (of Philadel- 
phia) venture, as reported several 
months ago in Variety. It's policy 
Is to be pictures, unless changed in 
the future. 

There will be two companies of 
"Irene'' for next season, which will 
be the fourth for that attraction. 
They will play virgin territory only, 
routed into one nighters. A city 
comi>any was to h.ave been sent out, 
but the failure of a special company 
to repeat in Chicago recenly caused 
a cancellation of the route. ' "Irene" 
has played repeats in every major 
stand in the last several seasons. 

The Treasurers Club assigned six 
Broadway box oflRce men to the 
Mineola Fair Grounds to handle the 
ticket sale for Fred Stone's wild 
west show, given for charity. The 
event was slated for Saturday, but 
the deluge forced postponement un- 
til Monday. 

A full dress rehearsal was held 
last night (Thursday) at the Long- 
acre, New York, of "Under Your 
Hat," a farce by Paul Porter. P. 
Dodd Ackerman issued the invita- 

Wells Hawkes was officially re- 
leased from the navy last week and 
is definitely general press repre- 
sentative for the Sam H. Harris 
attractions. When he stepped into 
the berth following the sudden 
death of Thomas Oliphant he was 
on a month's leave of absence from 
the navy. He was in the service 
over five years, entering as a junior 
lieutenant and leaving with the 
rank of lieutenant commander. 
During the war he was attached to 
the Intelligence Department, more 
recently having charge of the 
bureau of information. Recently he 
was elected a life honorary member 
of the Friars, which organization he 
helped found. He was the first 
Abbott of the Friars. 


There will be 88 shows on the 
Columbia wheel next season, with 
24 producers represented, the latter 
a larger number than in aeveral 
seasons past. Hurtig A Seamon 
will have four shows; Irons A 
Clamage and James £. Coope^ 
three each, and Jacobs A Jermon, 
two, operated by the firm, and a 
thhrd in conjunction with Fred 
Clark. Those with two shows in- 
clude Jean Bedlni, Albert de Cour- 
ville (whose Columbia shows will 
be handled by M. S. Bentliam), Dave 
Marion with his own show, and an- 
other the same as last season, pro- 
duced in conjunction with Drew & 

Those with one show each are 
Rube Bernstein, Sim Williams, Ed. 
Dailey, Maurice Cain and Danny 
Davenport, Joe Maxwell, Jimmie 
Cooper, Billy K. Wells. Lew Talbot, 
Sara Howe, George Jaffe, Wm. S. 
Campbell, Al Reeves, Harry Hast- 
ings, Charles Waldron, Mollie Wil- 
liams, W. B. (Beef trust) Watson, J. 
Herbert Mack, Miner-Gerard. 

Rube Bernstein and Sim Williams 
are operating on the two Herman 
Fehr franchises; Billy K. Wells, 
Lew Talbot and Jimmie Cooper are 
operating shows for R. K. Hynicka; 
Mollie Williams and Billy (Beef- 
trust) Watson operate on George 
Rife franchises; the de Courville 
shows replace the Max Spiegel and 
Jack Singer shows (both Spiegel 
and Singer having turned in their 
Columbia franchises, each having 
two years- to run). The show oper- 
ated jointly by Jacobs & Jermon 
and Fred Clark represents the 
franchise under which Jack Singer 
operated the .Lew Kelly show, and 
in which John G. Jermon held an 
interest with Singer. 

Sam Howe, Al Reeves, W. S. 
Campbell, Harry Hastings, J. Her- 
bert Mack and Charles Waldron 
each has individual franchises. Two 
of the francljises on which Hurtig 
& Seamon operate are controlled by 
Gus Hill. 

Phil Sheridan, Harry Bryant, the 
Robie Estate, P. S. Clark Estate, 
all control franchises represented by 
producers operating shows on leas- 
ing arrangements. The George 
Jaffe show represents the P. S. 
Clark franchise, the latter leased to 
Arthur Pearson, who sub-leased to 
Jaffe. Sam Scribner Is understood 
to be interested in the James E. 
Cooj)er shows. 

The official list of titles and those 
operating them next season follows: 

"Broadway Flappers' (Rub« 

"Radio Girls" (Sim Williams). 

"Broadway Brevities" (Ed Daley), 

"Mimic World" (Cain A Daven- 

"Varieties of 1922'' (Joe Maxwell). 

"Bubble B\ibble" (Billy K. Wells). 

"Sara Sidman Show" (George 

"Wine, Woman and Song" (Lew 

•yimmy Cooper's Beauty Revue'*. 
(Jimmie Cooper). 

"Chuckles of 1922" (Jean Bedlni). 

Title to be selected (Jean Bedlni). 

Title to be selected (Albert de 

Title to be selected (Albert de 

Dave Marion's Show (Davt 

"American Girls" (Dave Marion 
and Drew & Campbell). 

"Joys of Life" (Sam Howe). 

Al Reeves* Big Show (Al Reeves). 

"Knick Knacks" (Harry Hast- 

Mollie Williams 'Show (Mollie 

Billy Watson's Show (Billy Wat- 

"Youthful Follies" (W. S. Camp- 

Frank Finney's Revue (Charles 

"Follies of the Day" (Gerard- 

"Maids of America" (J. Herbert 

"Bowery Burlesquers" (Hurtig 4| 
Seamon). ; 

"Greenwich Village Revue" (Hut* 
tig & Seamon). I 

"Step on It" (Hurtig A SeaxnonyL 

"Social Maids" (Hurtig A BesJ 
mon). I 

"Bon Tons" (Jacobs A Jermony. i 

"Flashlights of 1922" (Jacobs M 

"Let's Go " (Jacobs A Jermon and 

"Keep Smiling" (James E. 

"Folly Town" (James E. Cooper). 

"Big Jamboree" (James K 

"Town Scandals" (Irons & Clara- 

"Talk of the Town" (Irons A 

"Temptations of 1922" (Irons A 


Chicago, July 5. 

Davenport, Iowa, which has been 
minus a legitimate theatre since the 
destruction of the Burt is theatre by 
fire more than a year ago, will next 
season have a legit house. This 
was accomplluhed through arrange- 
ments made this week by Asher 
Levy, of the Junior Orpheum cir- 
cuit, and their own theatre, the 
Columbia. It .seats 1,400. 

The arrangements entered into by 
r.evy call for the theatre playfng 
the Junior Orpheum vaudeville the 
last half and the legitimate attrac- 
tions the first half. • 


(Continued from page 13) 
Philadelphia daily in publishing a 
report from New York stated that 
Mrs. Hirsh had found Relne Da- 
vies In the arms of her husband. 

The action of Marion Davies 
in starting criminal proceedings 

against dailies is the first instance 
in years of where a stage or screen 
luminary has legally resented libel- 
lous articles in that manner. 

The Grand Jury of Nassau 
county, sitting at Mineola, Long 
Island, last Thursday, after hearing 
witnesses in the people's action 
against Mrs. Hazel Hirsh, handed 
up an indictment Friday, charging 
Mrs. Hirsh with assault in the first 
degree against her husband, Oscar 
A. (Wally) Hirsh. 

The indictment charges the vrtmi- 
an with having shot her husband 
Saturday night, June 24, on the 
lawn of Renie Davies' home at 
Freeport, L. I. A lawn party given 
by Miss Davies that afternoon had 
dispersed some time before the 
shooting occurred. 

The New York dailies that had 
given malicious attention through 
stories of the shooting affray, in a. 
vain attempt to make a scandJilou?" 
affair of it, suddenly dropped their 
vicious efforts when it became 
known proceedings had been started 
on behalf of Marion Davies to bring 
charges of criminal libel against 
them. A theatrical weekly ("Bill- 
board") that published a false 
statement of the shooting, mention- 
ing Reine Davies ns the wife of 
Hirsh, and stating Miss Davies had 
shot him, ha.«? been sued through 
I'Yederick E. (loldsmith. Miss Davies' 
attorney, f(»r $200,000. 

The trial of Mrs. Hirsh on the 
assault charge is expected to rome 
up in the fall. Conviction carries 
a sentence of fmm five to 10 years. 
Her bail in $25,000, given when she 
was arralgrwd f<»r a preliminary 
hearing by Thomas Nelson of Free- 
port, nori-jHofessional, was coti- 

tinuedr" — ~~ — 

Neither of the Hjrshes afl men- 
tioned in Variety last week has evrr 
been connected with theatricals. 

Among the witnesses calltd be- 
fore the Grand Jury wore iicint 

Davies, her father. Magistrate Dou- 
ras; her brother-in-law, George B. 
Van Cleve, and Miss Davies' chauf- 
feur. Each repeated the story of 
the shooting they had previously 
made in a statement. The other 
witnesses were Chief of PoKce 
Hartman of Freeport and a couple 
of his men. None of the guests at 
the party was called, District At- 
torney Weeks and Assi^ant Dis* 
trict Attorney Edwards saying they 
did not require any other witnesses. 
From remarks made by the prose* 
cuting officers they appeared to 
have secured full information about 
the Hirsties and the shooting, which 
was told in detail in last week's 


Major Griswold Appointed to Super- 
vise Camp Entertainments 

Albany, N. Y., July 5. 
Adjutant General J. Leslie Kincaid 
has appointed Major William C. 
Griswold, of the 104th Hospital Com- 
pany of New York City, recreation 
ofilcer of the New York State Na- 
tional Guard. General Kincaid is of 
the belief that members of the 
guard, during periods of intensive 
training and in the winter season, 
when the life about the armories is 
often dull, should have presented to 
them entertainments of the higher 

type. Hence the appointment of a 
recreation officer. 

It will be the duty of Major Cris- 
wold to supervise the theatrical 
events presented during the summer 
at the state cnmp at Peekskill. It 
is the further intention of (;« tieral 
Kineaid to have at least one niam- 
mouth entertainment in every state 
armoiy during the present year. 
Soldiers from the regiment nnd pro- 
fessionals from New York state will 
both take part in the entertainnunt. 

Major Griswold is the first. re<re- 
at If >n ofifloei' t^f -be ftpp«int*^4-i+4-tha 
National (luard of the l'nit<d ,'^iiteB. 

Pat Woods of the? Keith i-ffioe 1« 

vacationing. During his absence 

, Joljn AliuNaMy is handling bis book. 

Friday. July 7. 192« 





••Daniel Webster, Jr.* (Songa and 

15 Mint.; On* 

Tommy Gray wrote Al H. Wil- 
ton's now routine. He opens with a 
dictionary, commenting topically 
and humorously on some of its 
words. Sometimes the style hints of 
D. D. H.? although dissimilar In 
presentation. Wilson gathers speed 
as he progresses with his songs and 
stories, ftnishing with a "Miss Lib- 
erty" topical number. 

Wilson affects an Irish brogue. It 
Is purely an affectation, for a 
"Dutch" accent he must have used 
formerly is still recognizable. He 
has a corking collection of Irish 
stories that sound of recent vintage 
which helped much in clinching 
matters for him. In the fore part 
he labored too obviously with the 
•Daniel Webster, Jr." chatter to im- 
press as being altogether at ease. 
He was No. 5 on a strong comedy 
bill and should stand out on the 
fforcTal run of small big time lay- 
outs. Ahel. 

3 ' 


Musical Farca 

22 Mins.; Full Staae (Special) 


.'oseph Herbert. Jr., Is presenting 
this act and also appearing in it, 
.•\.<j.sisted by a company of three, two 
t»i the characters having roles quite 
as important as the producer. The 
turn is a combination of comedy, 
pinging and dancing with a v/ell de- 
fined plot that i.s quite humorously 

•The Honeymoon Ship" has its 
action laid on the deck of a steamer 
leaving Honolulu, with a couple of 
ncwlyweds in one cabin and the ex- 
husband of the bride in another. 
The latter is soured on all matri- 
monial affairs. ^ When he meets the 
r>('W bridegroom he slips him a little 
atlvieo for the future, not knowing 
his former wife is the bride^ When 
this becomes known to him he de- 
velops a Jealous streak and on look- 
ing over the copy of the divorce de- 
cree discovers his former wife did 
rot have the legal right to marry 
for another 24 hours. He informs 
the couple their wedding is illegal. 

He makes up his mind then to 
remarry the girl himself* and wants 
the ship's captain to perform the 
ceremony, but while the ex-husband 
and the illegally married one are 
arguing the question the girl sends 
a wireless to San Francisco to a 
third man setting forth her case and 
asking him to meet her at the pier 
and take her out of the trouble by 
marrying her. This leaves the two 
men on the ship flat and they both 
jump overboard at the curtain. 

The talk is bright and snappy. 
There are three numbers that fit 
nicely and are well put over. The 
first la the "Advice" duet between 
the two men, the second a duet be- 
tween the girl and Herbert, and 
finally a trio Just before the finish 
of the act. 

There is no question but the act 
^ill develop into a pleasing big time 
offering. Fred. 

''DEVIL LAND" (5) 
Musical 8«tir« 

17 Mins.; Full 8tag« (SpecIaO 
Fifth Ave. 

Designed at a noveltj, •T^evil 
Land" it billed as having been di- 
rected by Joseph Howard. Settings 
of Hell or Hades, both terms being 
used, picture a flaming crater or 
bpwl, with the Dancing Roots as 
assistant devils standing on the 
brink. Wllllanr Rogers as principal 
devil first emerges from below 
stage Into the orchestra pit. He 
telephones a coril company, order- 
ing a million tons of coal, which 
must be good and hot because spe- 
cial company Is expected. 

Circular openings In the wings 
disclose the faces of Bernlce Spear 
and Walter Craig. They Inform 
the devil they are scouts sent to 
Hades to discover theatrical novel- 
ties — he sent by Dillingham and she 
by Ziegfeld. The devil answers 
there are enough novelties, but he 
docs not know •'where in the hell 
they are." He warns the young 
couple they must not fall In love 
while In his domain, else they will 
have to remain. The Roots, de- 
£C*nding to the stage, offered a 
siieclalty number. 

The scouts, now In the devil's 
grounds, start a flirtation, but the 
Rirl ' explains she has a contract 
"with Ziegy" which provides .vhe 
cannot fall in love for three years. 
Bits like that sound all right to those 
who closely follow theatricals, but 
it is a question if they generally 
a. ply. The devil In describing 
some of his guests says he has a 
bunch of landlords who cannot keep 
v.'arm. They are •'freezing in hell." 
which is giving them a dose of 
their own medicine. That was a 
change of chatter pace. 

Replying finally to the scouts' re- 
quest for novelties, the devil ob- 
serves that If the Juvenile, a good 
looking young man, and the flapper 
have not fallen In love, that is it- 
self *a novelty. 

Dance specialties are introduced 
for the balance of the act Miss 
Spear, labeled a dancing doll, 
singled as such. Later she landed 
the best returns with an acrobatic 
dance. Craig got something with 
imitations, while the Roots In eve- 
ning dress whirled a ballroom dance 
successfully. As an ending to the 
"story" angle the devil catches the 
young couple making love and says 
It's all off — they must stay In hell. 

As an Idea "Devil Land" Is novel, 
and though In present form It 
misses reaching big time caliber. It 
can go for featuring on three-a-day 
time. ihee. 

Singing and Dancing 
17 Mint.; Full Stag* 
23d St. 

Another of those attemptt to hook 
up specialty matter with a sketch 
structure. At usual the playlet 
framework Interferea with the de- 
sirable speclaltlet. If four people 
can Blng, dance or make enjoyable 
music, what't the sense of encum- 
bering them with reams of dialog? 
The talking sketch is the resort of 
the player who has no outstanding 
specialty. A specialist is only han- 
dicapped by talk, unlest comedy 
talk Is his or her forte. 

A natty young man in m(^alr 
tuxedo and French cape enters and 
In rhyme makes It known that he Is 
running a studio where he coaches 
candidates for the vaudeville stage. 
He Introduces his flrst pupil, who Is 
disclosed as a rather personable 
woman with a fine soprano voice. 
The young man plays her accom- 
paniment who does a popular num- 
ber with special lyrics very nicely 
and is off for an attractive change 
of costume. 

She is succeeded by a "sister act," 
one of the girls doing a tough char- 
acter with clown comedy. Much In- 
different talk and business between 
the girls here, until the soprano Is 
bacl< for another popular number, a 
good one and nicely delivered. The 
tough sister returns for more clown- 
ing with the soprano, such as slangy 
repartee. The polite sister does a 
neat number with whistling accom- 
paniment — one of the high spots of 
the turn, and all four finish with a 
special number to the refrain, '•I can 
sing, I can play, I can clowh." 

If they would confine themselves 
exclusively to doing Just those 
things witiiuut trying to introduce a 
musical comedy book on the side the 
act would be Immeasurably Im- 
proved. The comedy girl of the sis- 
ter act has possibilities as an ec- 
centric, but needs experienced 
coaching. At present she overdoes 
the buffoonery. The billln^ at the 
23d Street did not furnish any data 
as to the persons of the turn or its 
sponsors. Ruth, 

Monkey Innitation 
9 Mint.; Full Stag* 
Prince of Wales, London 

London, June 19. 

Undoubtedly the best impersona- 
tion of a monkey by a human be- 
ing Is that of Nathal, a Frenchman, 
In the revue, "A to Z.." at the 
Prince of Wales'. Hit make-up 
would deceive the most critical. He 
first appears on the stage with a 
straight tumbler, who does a modi- 
cum of the burlesque wire lifting 

Afterward Nathal clambers down 
into the orchestra, then up to the 
balcony, skirting the edge of the 
railing with a tureness that secmt 
to settle he Is not a human being. 
His bare toes are made up with 
hair and the headpiece so perfect 
the disguise cannot be penetrated. 
For the finish he ascends a perpen- 
dicular rope from the orchestra pit 
to the dome of the theatre. 

The act Is full of comedy, not re- 
pulsive, and Nathal's presence 
among the spectators never once 
frightens the smallest child. The 
eyes are always kindly — never 
thren tuning. 

This sort of novelty act would 
stand up under sensational billing 
In America. Jolo, 

•'DREAMS" (3) 


8 Mint.; Full Stage 


Three women are concerned In 
this turn, all appearing In each of 
the seven pictures or poslngs. They 
Work upon a platform set back of 
"two." A special silk curtain with 
a seml-clrcular lift Is hung Imme- 
diately in front. A well designed 
Illuminated sign, also the other side 
of the special curtain. Imparts the 
names of the poslngs. 

The act opened with "Pretty 
Polly," rather effective. "Gold 
Vase," "Futuristic Art," "Spring- 
time," which was partly sllhouted; 
"The Queen Passes," "American 
Beauty" and "Dreams" followed. 
The posers were In full fleshings, 
but tliere were no head coverings 
nor wigs and at times the ordinary 
girl's pumps were worn. The act 
serves for opening in houses of this 
tyi>e. Ihee. 

ETHEL KELLER and Chumt (2) 
Songs, Piano, Dancet 
12 Mint.; One 
American Roof 

The chums are a man and wom- 
an. The trio open vocalizing a pop- 
ular song, getting fair harmony. 
The boy in tuxedo sings a poor 
comedy song to piano accompani- 

Miss Keller, after change of cus- 
tume to short knicl<ors, does ■ a 
sprightly number, delivered with 
l)ropc»r Jazz t«'chJilquo, helped by 
piano ami sax. A corking buck and 
^vi'' g by M i.><s Keller follows. 

The other pair double a 'Mammy 
Fong while Miss Kfllcr make.q an- 
other change and Joins them in a 
Jazz song which she steps to. The 
turn is an interesting small timer, 
framed conventionally. Con, 

Comedy Acrobats 
10 Mint.; Full ttagt 
American Roof 

The Romas Troupe are six men 
In evening attire. The rise of the 
curtain discovers them posed In a 
pyramid formation. Several tricks 
of thlt nature follow, also a dive to 
a hand to hand with some cross Are 
conversation worked in on the 

A variety of hoke comedy bltt of 
ancient vintage follow, among them 
a triple harmony humming bit with 
one doing a piece of pantomime In 
bad taste. Another old timer was 
one member holding himself by the 
neck with his elbow concealed back 
of a tormentor. An old fashioned 
song and dance with an acrobatic 
"break" on the finish was followed 
by whirlwind ground tumbling at 
which they excel and which sent 
them away to smashing returns. 

It's a sure fire variety frame up 
for the three a day bills. One or 
two similarly arranged actt have 
been witnessed on the two a day 
program, but the comedy and talk 
of this sextet Is what keeps the 
turn small time. Cotim 

Musical, Singing, Dancing 
10 Mint.; Full Stage 
American Roof 

Two girls and boy. Open with 
pop song harmonized vocally. All 
three have good voices, the girl's 
betraying vocal training. One goes 
to piano while the other pair dou- 
bled kid song, missing on the deliv- 

The boy solos a ballad to the 
piano accompaniment, the other girl 
joining with a saxophone. Both 
girls next double a Kclection at the 
piano, proving excellent musicians. 

A popular song next sung by the 
boy, the girls blending on the piano 
and saxophone. He inserts a few 
good dance steps, consisting of 
'over the foot" and Russian steps 
for the finish. 

The turn is a light early spotter 
for the pop bills. All three nmm to 
lack the necessary experience to RCt 
over, one (»f the girls appearing 
particularly inexperienced. The 
voices and musical talents of the 
two are acceptable. • • Coru 

Piano Act 
15 Mint.; One 
58th St. 

Neil and Witt have the makings 
of a standard plaho act. Well ap- 
pearing men, both possessed of ex- 
cellent voices, the pianist particu- 
larly piping a flashy tenor. The 
combination needs distinctive ma- 
terial to elevate It above the thrce- 
a-day grind. Witt may be a for- 
mer member of a rathskeller trio. 
Here he presides at the baby grand, 
although his voice it superior to 
Neil's. The latter, however, has 
that poise that assigns him to the 
role of man up fronL 

They open with « -«*CalifomlA*' 
number dressed in nice appearing 
summer get-up. Their routine runt 
all to published numbers, three of 
them from oae publisher's catalog. 

It's sure fire on the general run of 
three-a-dayers at they ttand. There 
are posslbllltlet for more preten- 
tlout booklngt that should not be 
neglected. Xbcl. 

CAM I A and Co. (2) 
Clattical Songt and Dancet 
10 Mint.; Full (Special DMiptt) 

A more or lett amateurishly 
framed turn with three people pre- 
senting classical dancing and one 
singing number. There are two 
women and a man In the act. The 
latter Is a clever dancer and he Is 
assisted by a girl who does rather 
wen In toe work. The other woman 
playt the piano and solos after the 
opening terpslchorean number. 

The dancers present a double 
classical number at the opening of 
the act. Then, after the song, the 
girl shows some pretty ballet work 
on her toes, after which the Rus- 
sian floor stuff by the man brings 
a hand. A double at the closing 
finishes the act Just small time in 
speed. Fred. 

Comedy Talk 
15 Mint.; One 
58tH St. 

Woman walks on cold and begins 
a popular number only to be in- 
terrupted by the man in blackface 
and wearing a comedy costume. 
The interruptions continue half a 
•lozen times, the man making an 
exit each time and the woman at- 
tempting to continue her song. 

Then they go into crossfire, which 
amounts to a monolog by the man 
while the woman feeds him. The 
man also sings an intprminable song 
»i|mn topical points of humor. >. of 
a finish the woman sings a medley 
of old fashioned airs and by way 
of encore the man does a l)Urlesquo 
dance. A medium grade turn for 
small time. *u<h. 

MAUDE DETTY and CO. (2) 

Singing and Dancing Sketch 
15 Mint.; Three (4) One (11) 
23d St'. 

An ingenious sketch contrivance 
has been designed as setting for 
Maude Detty, a gray-haired woman 
of trim lines, who admits the 
"danced these steps at Miner's in 
18S9." Later she refers to her ap- 
pearances at Tony Pastor's, and 
makes a good humored plea for the 
good will "of you old timers." She 
got It with a series of buck and 
wing and essence steps of the old 
style executed with an exuberance 
that belled her silvered coiffure. 

At the rise of the curtain there it 
disclosed what purports to be a 
theatrical agent't oflflce. He it In 
need of an act in a hurry. Entert 
Miss Detty. declgrlng herself the 
very thing he needs. From the op- 
posite entrance appears a tall, 
young woman, who argues that the 
elderly applicant It out of date, and 
the puftiic wants Jazz and pep. Thlt 
much of the dialog It done In 
rhyme. The agent doetn't know 
which to engage, and they agree to 
settle It by an applause contest. 

While the two women are off 
changing to short soubret frocks, 
the act goes to "one," where the 
young man obliges with a Mammy 
song with high falsetto rotes and a 
yodel that brought a storm of ap- 
plause. The younger" woman has 
first try, singing a published rag 
number Indifferently and doing no 
dancing at all. Mist Detty an- 
nounces an Impression of George 
Primrose, and after a bit of song 
does a routine ^f essence In the 
blackface veteran's famous etyle, 
following with buck and wing and 
Irish reel steps. The applause Is all 
for the older woman, of course, but 
they decide to organize a trio on 
the spot and do a final number with 
old fashioned stepping by Mitt 

Qualifict at a desirable small 
time number. The specialty mate- 
rial is befogged with talk. Ruah, 

''On the Roof' (Skit) 
15 Mins.; Two (Special) 
23d St. 

Nice appearing couple \/orklng on 
what purports to be an apartment 
house roof, backed by a special eye 
showing Metropolitan Tower, build- 
ings, bridge, etc. She enters to hang 
a handkerchief on the line to dry — 
rather a nonsensical mission, come 
to think of it, but «>lauslble enough 
for the moment to bring her on from 
the door leading to the roof. A po- 
lice whistle It heard and young man 
enters. Audience thinks he Is fleeing 
police. Song and chatter follows. 
all restricted and all about "crooks." 

Hosdrops a necklace that he took 
from ttns glrl't room downstairs. She 
stalls him that she, too, does "Inside 
work." The roof door has mean- 
time become locked and they are 
Imprisoned until the proposal, when 
he discloses he has a key which he 
might have used to get out. She 
produces one alto. Surprise No. 2 
Is that he Isn't really a burglar — 
she confesses ditto. Surprise No. 3 
Is that he It the landlord of the 
house and knows that she It four 
months In rent arrears and certain- 
ly will not have her marry old Fer- 
dinand — her now ex-fiance — In order 
to square It with the landlord. 

The material it rather light for 
anything above big three-a-day 
bookings, although well written. She 
has considerable personality and the 
chap It an adequate opposite. He 
looks somewhat like, and may bo, 
itarold Selman who has done 
sketches heretofore in vaudeville. 



Songt and Violin 
13 Mint.; Ont 
Fifth Ava. 

Miss Myra !• a tlender tongstress 
of fltrtklng appearance. She looked 
well In a frock of blue which had 
a tight fitting bodice. Accompany- 
ing her in the several numbers of* 
fered wat a neat appearing violin- 
ist, unbilled, though whose contri- 
bution earnt at leatt that. 

The opening tong referred to th« 
vlollnltt or his plkylng, the fiddler 
resting hit Instrument upon hit 
chett rather than under the chin. ^ 
They had a duet dance bit after the | 
number, with Mitt Myra then i 
singling with a "sweet daddy** : 
lyric. The musician, too, had a solo, \ 
playing a rather long Hungarian I 
composition, but to good purpose. \ 
For that number only he played th« ; 
violin in the regular manner. j||i 

Mist Myra having changed^ to ^^ 
frock of orange next offered a \ 
bungalow tong. It having a chatter j 
chorus. For It the girl found a ; 
perch upon the accompanist's knee, j 
he continuing to fiddle. There wat | 
an earned encore of the blues type - 
which the girl favors. For exit '■. 
there was a dance In which the ] 
man exhibited ability. j 

Despite the billing this it a two- 
act and served here In the spot. 


BOBBY JARVIS and Co. (3) 
"A Man Wanted" (FFarce) 
18 Mint.; Full Stage 

This act has been out for some 
time, appearing on several circuits 
during the season. It Is a farce with 
several numbers, the act being 
nicely hung with sllkt and given a 
dash of novelty. 

Jarvls and one of the three glrlt 
concerned handle the bulk of the 
action. This girl is a bright little 
lass and carries the pace at well at 
Jarvis. She handles lines tplendid- 
ly. Is a graceful dancer and attracts 
attention at all limes. Her role Is 
that of owner of a shoe shop, Jarvis 
applying for a Job as manager, of- 
fering a reference he wrote himself. 
She explains the different kinds of 
vamps on women's shoes, telling the 
new boy there Is no relation to the- 
vamps, one of whom carried off the 
last manager. 

A red-headed girl enters for the 
main purpose of a trio song and 
dance number which got something. 
After a flirtation bit Jarvis tends 
shop. The first customer asks for a 
pair of black undressed kids and he 
refers her to 135th street. The next 
is a vamp of Ritz n.anners. He 
gets flustered and in trying to hide 
her fronr. the lady boss thrusts her 
into the "reducing cabinet" which Is 
suppo.«L<f:d__t_o shorten anything from 
shoes to people. Thn cabinet l.i 
oi>oned. but instead of the girl out 
struts a miflget Kari)ed as Was the 
vamp. That i»rovide3 . . good rur- 
tain. Ibce, 


Song, Dance, Mutical 
15 Mint.; Full Stage 

Walter Manthey it assisted t>y 
four specialty women, an expert toe 
dancer standing out. He opens 
double with a toclety waltt, one of 
the women at the piano, the other 
violining and the fourth camou- 
flaged as a lampshade. The latter is 
the toe dancer, coming out for a 
solo after the vlollnlste and piani>(te 
double a rag number In sister team 
fashion. Their delivery could be 
Improved upon, although It suffices. 
The taller girl fpianiste) later 
solos a rag ballad with a little strut 
business that put It over. 

Manthey't tolo it a ballet pirou- 
ette routine, the toe dancer ogam 
singling with tome wicked ankle 
work. She doet about everything 
there Is In the line of toe work mid 
as a specialty stepper ranks with 

It's a neat frame-up for thr* ' > 
section of some of the bigger >>. j. 




12 Mint.; Two (Special) 


Two men with a better class .«iong 
routine. A little production is car- 
ried, the team entering rowing a 
prop canoe. One is in full Indian garb 
and the other aflfectt cowboy get- 
up. They do four numbert. con- 
cluding with Tostl's "Ooodbye" and 
"Just a Song at Twilight." They 
have pleasing voices at It to b« 
expected of a straight singing com- 
bination. ' . 

They were appreciated No. 2 at 
the Jefferson and can hold dowa 
an early position on the big three- 
a-day l)ills. 






Friday, July 7, 1922 


A 3roung cloudburst descending on 
Broadway a half hour or so before 
curtain time affected the Palaco at- 
tendance Monday night but slightly. 

The orchestra was but a handful 
Bhort of capacity, the standees were 
somewhat fewer and the boxes suf- 
fered appreciably. 

The rain resulted In the house 
Ulling much later than usual. An- 
derson and Yvel, the skating turn, 
fooled the form players, going like 
a whirlwind and copping a hit open- 
ing the show that was astonishing 
as it was legitimate. Their applause 
justified the speech Mr. Anderson 
had to make before the proceedings 
could continue. It was the general 
excellence of the skating bits, with 
the whirl at the finish topping all 
that had gone before, that did the 

The Dixie Four, colored men, har- 
monized and stepped a bit No. 2. 
Tlie singing was featured with the 
familiar barber shop ha*'monies col- 
ored quartets usually trade-mark 
their vocalizing with, and the dan(i- 
ing brought forth the conventional 
routines acceptably done, the turn 
pleasing. Toto, the clown, next with 
contortions that disclosed some dif- 
ficult dislocations, comedy that 
earned a fair average of laughs and 
dancing which showed Toto as a 
capable exponent of acrobatics as 
well as pedal tapping. A travesty 
on the Salome craze of some ten 
years ago seerhed a bit outdated for 
modern vaudeville, but the house 
accepted it at face value. 

Yorke and King held 'em easily, 
following with their old-fashioned 
family album types. The talking 
routines held a number of vekirans 

tricks were wasted, as the house 
started to travel an soon aa the Japs' 
card was flauhcd. 


His languid drawl falls soothingly 
—but they like the gags they know- on the ear, further enhancing the 

Evidently, not everybody left town 
over the Fourth, a good sized line 
at the box ofllce attesting to this 
fact at the matinee. However, there 
was very little advance sale, for 
despite the waiting lobby mob the 
house was only three-quarters 
filled. Van and Schenck topping 
probably drew 'em, although the 
weather was ideal for the theatre. 

Holding eight acts, the show pro- 
gressed evenly to a climax with each 
half. Van and Schenck closing the 
first section and "Stars of Yester- 
day" the second half. The latter 
turn was a surprise, for his holding- 
them-in ability. Either the house 

en masse was Ignorant this was the 
final turn or the act gripped. Most 
exited when the news reel was 
flashed. Van and Schenck aKso had 
them applauding for more despite 
the intermission period immediately 
following. The "pennant winning 
battery of songland" lived up to Its 
appelation, winning their own game 
with some eight or nine song-hits. 
They are doubling from the Palace 
where they are due for a four weeks' 
run in conjunction with a week at 
a different Keith house in Greater 
New York weekly. 

Lawton, opening, showed a few 
new ideas in juggling proving his 
astute showmanship to the utmost 


at the Palace, and everywhere else 
for that matter — and the bunch 
laughed Just as hard at "Don't 
fiwear before me — I didn't know you 
Wanted to swear first'' and similar 
Btandbys as other audiences have 
laughed at the same gags when 
grandpop wore a beaver hat. And 
the chances are vaudeville audi- 
ences will be duplicating their un- 
doubted affection for old gags 100 
years hence. Some neat dancing by 
Miss King secured individual re- 
turns of a hefty nature, and the 
travesty duet, which brought forth 
"Shade of the Old Apple Tree," also 
registered solidly. 

. The show took on new life with 
the advent of Adelaide and Hughes 
closing the first half. The couple 
did 83 minutes, running through 
their diversified routine of classy 
stepping and putting atmosphere 
into the show that made it lo3k 
like a million dollars. Adelaide's in- 
comparable toe dancing and Johnny 
Hughes' expert step dancing never 
went better. Making speeches after 
33 minutes, closing before intermis- 
sion at the Palace, is not common- 
place, but the team accomplished it 
Monday night. 

Lew Brice started the second half. 
"With his sister Fannie programmed 
to follow, Liew was a bit handi- 
capped, but they liked everything 
he offered, the laughs rippling along 
nicely and Lew's dancing sending 
him over surely. 

This is the fourth week for Fannie 
Brice at the Palace. The opening 
number remains the same as the 
first week, the rest of the repertoire 
including the Scotch-Hollywood- 
Jndian travesty number, "Floro- 
dora," and "My Man." All but "My 
Man" were written by Blanche Mer- 
rill, and they fit Miss Brice like the 
proverbial glove. For an encore bit 
Miss BrJce got Into her brother 
Liew's dress suit and he donned one 
of her costumes for some likeable 
clowning. A song, evidently put to- 
gether by Miss Merrill for the spe- 
cial bit, had Miss Brice kidding Lew 
about his booking at the Palace, the 
lyrics giving Fannie and Lew alter- 
nate laughd, through the "get- 
backs" interpolated in rhyme. She 
says she taught him to sing, and he 
replies he taught her to dance. It 
looks as if Fannie got the best of 
that arrangement, for the number 
had her dancing as nimbly as the 
best of hoofers. The house was In- 
siKtent for another number after 
Fannie had encored three times with 
dancing, and several shouted re- 
quests had her responding with 
"Second-Hand Rose.*' 

When it come.s to versatility it 
would be pretty hard to duplicate 
Fannie Brice. What a range of tal- 
ent — from the low comedy of the 
Indian travesty to the remarkable 
characterization of "My Man," a se- 
rious study that would do credit to 
a Belasco production, and then top- 
ping it all with buck and winging 
that would be an act for many a 
woman single. Miss Brice was on 
36 minutes Monday night and it 
seemed like five. 

Next to closing Van and Schenck 
found a cordial welcome and un- 
belted nine numbers, including a 
"tough" ditty that sounded new and 
lent itself splendidly to character- 
ization. Joe Schenck had an odd 
little Yiddish lullaby at the piano as 
a single, something about a mother 
singing to her infant son, that pos- 
sessed genuine sentiment, and he 
expressed it perfectly. The rest of 
the rep consisted of dialect numbers 
of recent vintage. All of 'em 
bounced over for noisy scores. The 
boys don't have to worry about en- 
~core8 after the stage piano has 
been removed any more — they use 
the orchestra piano, and the crowd 
made 'em do it. 

Hayataka Brothers closed with a 
ladder and perch turn that held 

incidental small talk. The staccato 
beating on the drum head as the 
balls are Juggled to the accompani- 
ment of a popular song made a nice 
effect as did the military drum beat- 
ing stunt. The cannon ball Juggling 
and catching on the back of the 
neck proved extra thrilling to the 
women who sighed in trepidation 
and relief. 

Ryan, Weber and Ryan, formerly 
a two-act minus the last Ryan, went 
through a dance routine neatly. 
Ryan and Weber were formerly in 
"The Royal Vagabond" (they still 
do the "Bit of Lace" number from 
the Cohanized operetta). 

On their ehtrance into vaudeville 
last season the man sported the 
military attire he did in the pro- 
duction. This accounts for the open- 
ing number about "my dancing sol- 
dier boy" although he^is now in 
tux throughout. That should be 
changed. The man scored individ- 
ually with a clog dance, the girls 
looking nice in a couple of changes. 
Clara Barry, supported by Orville 
Whitledge, went well with a song 
and piano routine, Mr. Whitledge 
accompanying and foiling for his 
partner's quips. He introduces the 
act naively with a prolog winding 
up that is only a stall until the 
piano is hauled out. Then, too, just 
to bp a little different, he versifies 
he will omit the otherwise inevitable 
piano solo, Miss Barry resuming her 
song cycle. Some of it i.s restricted, 
some free-for-all, although she does 
everything with a style all her own. 
The incidental fiy talk also told, al- 
though at tln^d the impression, the 
persiflage was too mechanical, and 
being overdone could not be over- 
looked. She encored with a new 
one, with a few topical points in 
the lyric. 

Frafik Ellis In "A Dress Rehearsal," 
Alice Gerstenberg's travesty pre- 
sented by George Choos, was a set- 
up for the spot. The lines were 
broad and the laughs thick. Ellis 
a.^ the author now confines him- 
self to the front section o2 one aisle 
and does not wander all over with 
the house lights up. He is rehears- 
ing his play with the usual vamp, 
villain, hero, heroine quartet. Each 
of the characters broadens the chat- 
ter accordingly, Paul Byron as the 
blonde-pompadi ured hero who 
waltzes on reading his lines stand- 
ing out. 

Van aftd Schenck clicked as big 
as ever with "Sheik of Avenue B" 
and the rest of the pop routine. That 
"Don't Blame It All On Broadway" 
Is a fitting defense for the Main 
Alley that has been blamed for 
everything on earth, it seems. They 
discourse that the shim came from 
the Barbary coast, cabarets from 
the mid-west honky-tonks, jazz 
from New Orleans, etc. 

Following intermission and the 
Topics and Aesops' Fables reels, 
William Brack .and Co. (Seven 
Bracks) reopened with their acro- 
batics, tumbling, aerial propelling 
of human bodies, etc. Zuhn and 
Dreis did nicely with their cross- 
talk in boob characterizations. The 
chatter consists chiefly of each ac- 
cusing the other's relations of their 
shortcomings, viz., "your father is 
so tough," and "your father is so 
crooked" and so on. The second 
section is built about a Baron 
Munchausen recounting of their 
swimming prowess. They won 
laughs throughout, although not 
strong enough for the next to clos- 
ing position. 

"Stars of Yesterday," the old 
timers' act, closed and held them. 
Barney Fagan, Lizzie Wilson, Joe 
Sullivan, Tony Williams, Little Mae 
Kennetly and Corinne hav<» framed 
their offering to best advantage, 
from Lizzie Wilson's Dutch solo up 
'to Corlnne's double with Barney 

I'athe New.^ let the show out at 

Ordinarily, the Brighton, Coney 
Island, should be swinginff along at 
maximum apeed by July 4. The 
continuance of the rainy weather 
has pretty nearly ruined everything 
at Coney, and the Brighton is suf- 
fering proportionately. The mat-i 
inees have been feelin^r U more 
than the nights, as might be ex- 
pected. The holiday helped a bit 
Tuesday afternoon, but the crowd 
Just about reached fair proportions. 

The show held entertainment in 
spots, but only averaged up so-so. 
Ted Lewis and Band closed the first 
half and dominated. Lewis sells his 
stuff like a master. The band con- 
sists of two trombones, two trump- 
ets, bass brass, piano and drum, 
with Lewis getting in occasionally 
with sax and clarinet. 

Preceding, Walter and Emily 
Walters, the ventriloquists, gAve 
the show a big boost, with comedy 
that arrived opportunely. The talk 
has a number of Joe Millers, but 
they laughed at the oldest wheez- 

Arnaut Brothers were third with 
their familiar acrobatic and clown- 
ing. Lowe, Feeley and Stella, sing- 
ing and dancing, showed little sec- 
ond, until a medley was reached to- 
ward the finish. Opening the second 
half were William Seabury and 
Girls. The act seemed to run over- 
long Tuesday afternoon. "*- dan- 
cing and singing, with the accent on 
the dancing. The turn has produc- 
tion, but needs comedy to relieve 
the dancing. 

D. D. H.? next to closing started 
quietly, progressed gradually until 
he reached the meaty portion of his 
talk, and after he had been gabbing 
for three or four miutcs. had them 
yelling. As a talking turn that's 
different from the others. D. D. H.? 
has established himself by sheer 
merit. It's a standard act now, and 
will remain one as long as D. D. H.? 
cares to stay in vaudeville. 

Van Cello and Mary opened with 
pedal juggling, Van Cello manip- 
ulating barrels Japanese fashion 
with a dexterity that is remarkable. 
Monroe and Grant closed with acro- 
batics, a comedy motor truck secur- 
ing some laughs, but showing pos- 
sibilities of considerably more com- 
edy that is derived from it. The 
truck has a trampoline which the 
men utilize for some excellent tum- 
bling. BelL 


The stufllncss of Monday probably 
would have held down attendance in 
the evening, but the deluge that con- 
tinued long past show time was an 
added handicap. The meagre at- 
tendance was chased in by the 

material, this act Is big time right 

Another that pleased the small 
timers, though it ran a bit long, was 
Lew Hilton, with Harry Young, it 
was easy for Hilton, with his Yid- 
dish talk and comedy, although a 
Scotch finish with both la kilts 

storm, with very few noticed enter- i (Hilton wearlngr the whisk broom 

and water bag) got howls from the 

bouse. • 

A playlet by Elmmett De Voy, pre^ 
sented by Arthur Devoy with a com^ 
pany of three, pleased the American 
crowd greatly. It's rather well done 
for a four-people plece^on the small 
time in the summer. 

Closing the first part was the 
Dublin Trio, two women and a man^ 
with one of the women a harpist. 
The others sing. They can get over 
anywhere on small time only. Their 
closing song was "When We Were 
Young, Maggie," a song Bryant and 
Stewart, just ahead, had kidded on 
the title. It was merely a coincU 
dence, as the title kidding is a reg« 
ular part of the two act's routine. 
The Dubllns have refinement of apt 
pearance as a recommendation. 

The opening and closing turns were 
not caught. Dare and Dare, a mixed 
two act, were second. Then Kennedy 
and Leo, another mixed two act, run- 
ning in odd fashion, first a song by 
the man alone on the stage, and 
each time of B. little cross fire by 
both the man sings again alone, 
while the girl changes. The only 
time the girl gets into the singini^is 
at the finale, when the man starts 
to leave through an aisle, but is re- 
called by the girl. As the girl does 
real well otherwise and seems to be 
able to sing, though the man's voice 
may drown her out, if she were more 
on the stage and did less changing, 
perhaps the act would advance be- 
yond the small time it is now des- 
tined for, as the girl looks very well 
in addition. Billy Lewis in black- 
face opened the second part on the 
roof, followed by the sketch with 
Hilton next to closing. Bime. 


with the favorable weather break 

Tuesday this 14th street Keltb house 

did a consistent capacity business. 

Tuesday night they were standing 

several deep by the time the first act 
came on at 8 sharp. The boxes and 
loges were densely populated and 
the few empty seats in the balcony 
would have been insufficient to ac- 
commodate the orchestra standees. 

An unusually strong comedy bill 
was on view the first half, in addi- 
tion to Chaplin's "A Dog's Life" (re- 
vival), and a Mary Miles Minter 
feature. The show was built for 
comedy, Frank A. Burt and Myrtle 
Rosedale, Al H. Wilson, Sliding Billy 
Watson and Mae West helping ma- 
terially tewards that end. Miss West 
is toplining. 

Autumn Three opened. It's a two- 
men and one-woman combination 
doing farmyard imitations and fin- 
ishing with whistling in "one," the 
men in full evening dress and the 
woman in appropriate decollete. The 
latter somehow suggests she is 
striving too earnestly, not to say 
laboriously, to please, heaving her 
shoulders in not too subdued fash- 
ion in accompaniment to the whis- f'ftot In the Monday night show 
tllng. Smith and Strong (New Acts) 

ing after 8.15. An exceptional Eski- 
mo picture, "Nanook of the North," 
ran until a bit after 9 o'clock Und a 
Chaplin was on the card. The bill 
seemed to hold 'an unusual amount 
of talking for the Broadway, but 
that was not a drawback, with the 
audience well concentrated in the 
front of the house. Of course that 
applied for the particular schedule 
for the last performance of the day, 
and a varied lineup, including the 
other two turns in the full nine-act 
total. woTkld have eliminated that 

Al Shayne went over for the first 
hit of the evening, on fourth with 
his well-working assistant. The 
singing ^beaut" was slightly an- 
noyed at noise back stage which 
could not be heard in front. When 
he was readying himself for a 
straight encore song he called out 
for quiet. However, it did not seri- 
ously affect the comic. Hg worked a 
full 20 minutes. The number used 
for the finish was "Sunshine Alley," 
Shayne saying it was written by 
Shaw and Lee, who were next to 
closing. The dialog lines at the start 
fitted the house. Shayne. in telling 
the "wop" to play "intermission," 
won a reply that there was no such 
thing at the Broadway. Thereupon' 
Shayne asked him to "go ahead." 

Marshall Montgomery, the head- 
liner, followed, landing the evening's 
honors by a .shade. The work of this 
ventriloquist displays marked self- 
discipline. There is careful calcula- 
tion, and all points carry through. 
Montgomery's ranking in his field, 
when ventriloquism is not often 
given feature attention, is a result 
of just that and his always high 
showmanship. He fooled the house 
with the toy dog trick at the close. 
It got very little and was hardly 
worth while. 

Shaw and Lee, eccentric come- 
dians and dancers, opened with a 
laugh, added to by a nut lyric to 
which was hitched some Yiddish. 
As types they have worked out one 
bit of difference, that being the hair 
trim or the way they oil and brush 
it. The gags, mainly told in dry 
rhyme, started giggling, while the 
hoofing bits stood on their own. The 
team has succeeded in getting away 
from comedy routine, with enough 
original bits of nonsense to always 
make them worth a spot. 

Monsieur Adolphun. in the closing 
position, had no trouble in holding 
the house. Every one of the four 
persons concerned can do something 
and each one made good in the re- 
spective assignments. The lead 
dancer, a compact little miss, 
showed a lot of stuff and original 
bits with Adolphus quickly won re- 
ward. The rather plump maid sur- 
prised with her acrobatics, and twice 
drew applause. 

Hal Johnson and Co. in "Mr. 
Chaperone'' made a satisfactory No. 
3, though the impersonation farce 
was a bit long. He has the right 
idea in turning his characterization 
to comedy purposes. T^at got more 
than the Impersonation itself. Orms- 
by and Remig, on second, stuck to 
their idea of "Hello Melody, Good- 
bye Jazz,'^ with songs, violin and 
piano. The finish duet, a medley of 
song hits of 1921, take in several 
production numbers. One at least 
has not been released, since the at- 
traction is still on Broadway. 
"Dreams" (New Acts) opened. Dia- 
mond and Brennan and "The Girl 
from Toyland" wore on the bill, but 

•ome corking feats, but most of the '4.4I>. 



Frank A. Burt, assisted by Myrtle 
Rosedale, a svelte foil for Burt's 
hoke antics, tied things up No. 3 
with their musico-comedy routine. 
Walter Manthey and Girlies (New 
Acta). Al H. Wilson (New Acts). 

Sliding Billy Watson, assisted by 
Joe Mannie, scored with their "Back 
of the Front" skit. Watson is a 
facile low comedian who gauges his 
laughs for the best returns, peddling 
the hoke for all it's worth. Mae 
West, assisted by Harry Richman, 
held down the ace position and 
showed the natives a few things. 
Her thr9e characterizations of a 
vamp, a temperamental prima donna 
and the various versions of singing 
a "sorry you made me cry" song are 
gems. Compared to the Miss West 
of seasons back, who shimmied, 
shivered and shook on the slightest 
provocation, the present artiste is 
another personality. Harry Richman 
at the baby grand is a capable foil 
for Miss " .'est's affectations. When 
she insists he become her Roman 
gladiator he Is vamped Into compro- 
mising on being a Jewish gladiator. 
That getaway number, singing a 
farewell song to her sweetie as a 
"Follies" girl would do It, a dra- 
matic actress, a cabaret shouter. etc., 
concluding with the cabaret impres- 
sion, was sufllclent for Miss 
West planting a kick at the end 
with her inevitable shim. Neville 
Fleeson wrote the routine. If he 
also coached Miss West into grasp- 
ing the niceties of each situation he 
is equally n« expert a stage director, 
although the comedienne probably 
inj<K!ts her own ldt?as into the num- 

Davis and Pelle, a not -too- flashy 
but satisfying hand-to-hand team, 
closed with a fast six-minute rou- 
tine of lifts and pivots. The picture 
concluded. ' Abel, 



The Fourth was a great holiday 
for the Loew Circuit. It probably 
drew a gross that day in the metro- 
politan district of $40,000 more than 
had been looked for. All its houses 
did business at all shows. Tuesday 
evening at the American the down- 
stairs theatre was about capacity 
and the roof held its largest crowd 
of weeks. 

The acts on the roof had to fight 
the fireworks. Somebody somewhere 
had bombs or they sounded like 
them. Whoever was directing the 
noise must have had a roof schedule. 
Some of the bombs banged out at 
the point of some of th^beHt gags. 

,The usual nine acts made up for 
the summertime. The American has 
been breaking rather well of late, 
considering business all around. The 
flrst h.ilf more dependence was 
placed upon "Sonny" as the feature 
than the vaudeville. Nothing in the 
acts was expected to draw, and, 
without the weather break, who 
could have told what might have 

Among the turns was a two-man 
act, Bryant and Stewart. They look 
very possible. In dancing at times 
(doubles) they suggest that a pos- 
sible try in the past to Imitate Doyle 
and Dixon can't be got away 
from, and their encore isn't right for 
what has gone ahead of it, though It 
is small time right. It's what the 
boys might do that suggests itself. 
T:eir methods are their own. They foils and slapstick, get Into the 
TJUt elasfl at times, hut both appear 
to be comedians, with one more so 
than the other. They put up an en- 
joyable turn that was one of the 
hits, and If they had wanted to hog 


Anything that affects the whole- 
sale district, the center of which is 
the Fifth Ave.'s location, is bound to 
affect attendance. Fourth of July 
matinee figured to get only a handful 
of patrons, but the box office did 
enough business to count better than 
half capacity. The overcast sky made 
it soft for the |2 houses which gave 
matinees a mile northward on 
Broadway, but the visitors reached 
nowhere near 28th street, and the 
audience was mostly from the Chel- 
sea neighborhood. 

Joe Cook, the Alexanders and con- 
federates spent 60 minutes of the 
holiday afternoon tickling the fans, 
and succeeded in making them for- 
get the weather spoiled the holiday. 

On just ahead and next to closing, 
Tierney and Donnelly danced them- 
selves out in eight minutes. Hard 
work in the summertime appears 
not to feaze this pair. Invitation to 
encore was declined. Double imita- 
tion dancing is a novelty right now. 
There is a lot of stuff in the routine, 
well conceived by the team. For 
finale a burlesque of Ruth St. Denis 
oiled the house thoroughly. 

"Devil Land," a musical satire 
(New Acts), was spotted fourth. 
Swift and Kelley came next, with 
"Gum Drops." Miss' Kelley's sing- 
ing of the semi -classical "Dream- 
ing" was very well done, and the im- 
pression was that she is or has gone 
in for vocal training. The couple 
with pace expertly smooth were 
"over'' at entrance. None of their 
acts ever was designed to "panic" 
an audience but to amuse all the 
way, which "Gum Drops" does. 

Marinl and Martin, with "wop*^ 
nonsense and songs, landed surpris- 
ingly well on third. The chatter 
anent "two eggs plain" and "yester- 
day" found fertile soil. Maybe th^ 
house had not heard the gags lately. 
Both stuck to dialect, even to the 
Dixie song for the finish, probably 
one reason why It scored. 

Mildred Myra (New Acts) wai 
second. The Bally Hoo Trio opened. 
The straight member, whom the girl 
announced as a " ham," ac- 
complished some exceptional con- 
tortionistic stunts, and the trio fared 
well for the spot. Ibee. 


L. Wolfe Gilbert Reports Riloy 
Reilly, His Pianist, Is Insane 

Ran Jose, Cal., July 5. 

Riley Reilly, his pianist, says I* 
Wolfe Gilbert, has become a raving 
maniac, with the outcome doubtful, 
through drinking moonshine whis- 

At flret Reilly seemed slightly de- 
ranged, says Gilbert, who states he 
placed him in the Berkeley Sani- 
tarium, from which Reilly three 
times escaped. 

Gilbert says each time Reilly was 
picked up by the police ;ind finally 
was sent for observation to the De- 
tention Hospital at San Francisco* 
whe:o he is at present. 

Hugh Herbert's father- in -T.iW, 
Phil Epstein, has settled perma- 
nently In New York at the Hotel 
Hargrave, Mr. Epstein came east 
from Little Rock, where he wns 
noted as a musical arranger and 

^^ ^ ^^ __^^ had been in charge of all of the 

bows, could have «rtoppeff'the show. I orchestras on the Interstate (vaude- 
With some necessary changes in ville) circuit. 


f July 7. IMt 





(Nolli* R«vell hat bten for n«arly three years conf?ned to her room 
and cot In the 8t. Vincent Hospital, Seventh avenue and Twelfth street, 
New York City. Without having moved from one position within the past 
•ix months (Mist Revel! having lost the use of her spine) she has written 
find dictated these weekly articles f&r Variety, at the same time having 
variously contributed to ether periodicals. Miss Revell has been called 
the bravest woman in the world by many.) 

I had a very safe and sane Fourth. Safe because my doctor was 
Away and sane because I had to be. I had no chance to be otherwise. 
But very lonesome. No mail, no callers until late in the day. So 1 
read "The Declaration of Independence" which appeared in the "Times." 
Enjoyed hearing the firewprka on the street below my window, even 
enjoyed the music of the hurdy gurdy, especially when it played "Smiles." 
But that made me homesick for my daughter, who used to play it for 
me, and recalled that three years ago this Fourth I was too ill to leave 
my apartment. It was just before my collapse'. She had played "Smiles" 
and "Always Chasin«r Rainbows." Then I fell to reminiscing and lived 
in the past until my dinner tray came in. I wonder if Trixie Friganza, 
her sister Bess and Eddie Darling recall that four years ago today we 
ate together at the Breakers in Atlantic City. Or Emily Lytton (Leroy 
and Lytton) recalls that 12 years ago and 13 years ago we spent the 
Fourth together. Or if John and Bertha Olea.son, Jim Harrigan, Law- 
rence and Harrington, Santell. or the Fekin Zouaves recall that 14 years 
ago this Fourth we were in San Francisco; the fleet was Ihor^; we did 
eight shows for "Pop" Grauman and I wish I could do them now. * 

I told you last week about Orantland Rice calling my column "The 
rugrim's Progress," but I dare not tell you what our muke-up man 
calls it. . And while I absolutely agree with him, it could be worse. He 
should see it when it first comes" oflf my chest before Betty types it. 
This very paragraph is written on the lid of a pasteboard box that 
covered some very nice stationery which Annie Hart .so thoughtfully 
sent. The nurse didn't return as promised to put the writing material 


Castles-by-the-Sea at Long Beach 
opont'd last Friday under the man- 
agimenr of Salvin organization. 
with Gil Boag as active manager on 
the ground. One of the Paul White- 
man orchestras, called "The Colle- 
gians," is furnishing the music. An 
arrangement calls for a special 
hydroplane to leave nightly at 6 
o'clock from 79th street and the 
North river for the Long Beach 

Murray's, now under the man- 
agement of Joseph A. Sussklnd. Blossom Heath Inn, on thr 
Merrick road, is a stop-off'for mo- 
torists, is offering "The Bathing 
Beach Revue" with the usual cover 
charge of a dollar. Walter Wind- 
sor put on the show, which fea- 
tures Tyler Brooke with Frank 
Farnum, Virginia Smith and Evelyn 
Greig. There is a chorister bunch 
of seven, although outside the bill- 
ing includes but five other names, 
they being Virginia Beardsley. 
Helen Armstrong. Dorothy Rich- 
ards. Edna French and Hilda Fer- 
guson. The show is run in two 
.'sections, the first taking up a quar- 
ter of an hour and the second about 
half an hour. Brooks, always a 
neat juvenile, opened the show with 
a lyric that was a bit extravagant 
in claims, he introducing the bath- 
ing choru.s. each girl representative 
of one of the famed bathing resorts 
from Long Beach to Atlantic City. 
Farnum, with Miss Greig, was next 
in a touch dance, along the same 

where I could get it, so I«used the top of the cover, the only thing I' lines as the number he formerly 

could reach. So now the lid's off. And the make-up man already knows 
how badly I write, and the next time he puts Bed.side Chats on page 23 
he will know how badly I can talk. And if he has any curiosity to learn 
of it in advance he -might call up John Starky. foreman of the "Morning 
Telegraph's" composing room, for confirmation. ^ 

Sadie Kussel and Bonnie Gaylord, like Miss Harr. have round some- 
thing to send that isn't included in the list of doctor's don'ts. They send 
writing paper and stamps. 

Charlie Grapewin says he would Just love to come to vi.slt me. but 
that he can't bear to see me suffer. I wonder if he thinks his calling 
would make me suffer. 

I always laugh when I hear of people dreading to come to see me. 
fearing I am emaciated and haggard looking. Cheer up; I've gained 20 
pounds since I've been here and was no skeleton when I came. 

But it does sound awfully funny to me to hear someone having said. 
"I'd love to go down to see Nellie, but I am so fond of her I just can't 
bear to see her suffer." So they stay away and let me .suiter alone. 
(Get that, Jake.) » 

And if a certain old boss of mine doesn't get down here pretty soon 
I woii't believe he meant all of the nice things he has said about me. 

Frank J. Price, Jr., whom I remember as office boy. student at the 
- Staunton (Va.) miliitary academy (where he took first honors of his 
class), reporter, copy editor, assistant city editor and an upstanding 
^»o!dier in the World War, writes from, Russia, that I am lucky 
to be able to live in the "good old U. S. A." and to say that there are 
worse things than being "shut in." He is doing newspaper and relief 
work with the American Relief Administration, and his duties carry him 
far into the famine-stricken regions. His wife and children are .^pending 
the cummer at Lacawaxen, Pa., on the farm of Frank J., Sr., of the 
•'Morning Telegraph." Frank says everyone is on a diet where he is, 
and my much exploited spinach and gluten bread would be considered 
luxuries there. All right, let them have it. It would serve Lenine 
right. Anyhow It was Irwin Cbbb, not I, who made spinach famous. 

A friend sent me an electric fan. I wonder If he meant to give me 
the air. (Maybe just to keep you as breezy as you have been. Atla 
baby, Nellie.) 

Well, I've scropped the caat. "I've stepped out of it. Now see how 
long the show will run with me out of the cast." Where have I heard 
those words before? But anyway I don't want to be in a show that's 
been in "cut" rates ever since its first opening. And as soon as the 
manufacturer of iron sidewalks delivers my new scenery I am going to 
try sitting up for longer periods. 

I had a new kind of cast tried on me last week. I was broadcast 
(none of my former ones were so narrow), which means I was inter- 
viewed for a radio and the Interview was broadcast wireless to the 
"VV J Z, Newark. N. J., staiion. I am receiving no end of mall from 
people who heard it. Now I am a wire talker. 

Rddie Sullivan, manager of Mr. Bf^k's finest Orphoum theatre (St. 
Loui.s), was among my callers. He is on his way for a fl.shing trip. The 
poor No, not you, Eddie. 

I \Vondor why, when they .Ki»oak of a .show's eng.igemont. they call 
it a run. If it i» staying it can't be running. 

Florence Moore came in to inspect my bedroom scenery and says .«!he 
has been fe.jtured in .some jjretty good bedroom dramas that had finer 
ncenery than I have, but that she never stayed three years in one place, 
even though they changed casts a« often as I have and have even stood 
for a cut. 

He'en Donnelly, who Is one of the reasons the Alvin theatre in Pitts- 
bin'gh is such a hrigiit .^pot on the itinerary of (he traveling i)re.'*s agent 
«n(l man;tger. is in New Ytirk. and favored me with a visit, accompanied 
••y Mrs Cami)bell Casad. More than one of the space hound** owe our 
line .showing in Pittsburgh to the co-operation given us in the theatre. 
Miss Donnelly knows how much and what kind (»f copy is required by 
the paper and has it ready for us on time. And then JohH Reynolds 
pilots us around to the newspaper offices to be sifre we don't lose it. 

I notice from th*» papers that theie i<» a crreat huhbuh in the navy ovrr 
precedence. And since WoJ,ls Hawks left the navy fiat there i.s nobody 
to tell them what to do. 


danced at the Cafe de Paris with 
Christine as his partner. Brooke, 
with Miss Smith, duetted and 
danced on the tricky floor. The 
first part ended with a ball throw- 
ing number, the choristers using 
little celluloid spheres. 

Starting the second part, Brooke 
offered a song number, "Don't Take 
Your Girl to the Seashore,"' with 
the chorus trooping on, each having 
some lines. The gals were dolled 
up in one-piece bathing suits — but 
the kind men wear, and therefore 
not unusual. Also they wore tights. 
About two weeks ago, when the 
show opened, there were no tights 
and a policeman thought that was 
"wet." So the show got publicity 
and the bathing beauts got tights. 
Farnum in tux jazsed through his 
single, including the shivver that 
carried him several feet across the 
floor. Miss. Greig, with a blues 
number — and bare legs — looked cute 
but did better with a Dixie song. 
Brooke and Miss Smith toed It with 
a mixture of one-step and tango., 
encoring with a waltz. The finale 
was a jazz ensemble. 

Murray's never was in the run- 
ning for summer trade and the only 
chance is with the revue. Wind- 
sor's offering does not pretend to 
measure up to scale of the other 
Broadway resorts that go In for 
that sort of thing. Drop-Ins from 
the theatres open on 42d street 
ought to attract a fair bunch, but 
It is doubtful if much of a business 
can be built up until the summer is 
well on and the buyers arrive. 

The Messrs. Ruppert and Huston 
and their follow club owners in the 
major leagues are not the only ones 
experiencing dilficultics in keeping 
pampered ball players within 
bounds. The trouble plague has 
visited itself on many minor league 
teams this season, wreaking par- 
ticular havoc on those in the Fast- 
ern League. One day it is players 
getting out of condition: the next 
it is temperament on the field; the 
third it is jumping to independent 
teams. The latter bug infected a 
number of players last week. Kver- 
ett Nutter of New Haven and Ned 
Dameron. Chet Sweatt and Bill 
I'amm of Albany hopped to a teaui 
in Lawrcnceville. Ind., said to be 
financed by the Haviland Oil Co. 
The contract Jumpers skipped out 
over night. Steps have been taken 
to debar them from playing proteii- 
sional ball for a period of five years. 
Mike Hayden. a catcher in the old 
New England league and lately with 
Pittslield in the Kastern circuit, is 
credited with inducing the men to 
des* rt their te,ams in mid -season. 
Falling off the water wagon has 
been the popular i)astime of mor^ 
than one athlete performing in the 
Fa.stern League. Only recently Ka- 
die Zimmerman of the I'iltyfleid 
club was arrested for disturbing the 
peace on an "all night party" in a 
Pittsfield^ipartment house. A whole 
-lub was reported drunk in the rail- 
road station of a Connecticut city 
not so long ago. 

Temperament, that bogey of tn«-- 
atrlcal and operatic manager.s, is 
continually rising up and smiting 
Eastern league pilots on the cheek. 
Frank Woodwarc', pitcher and high- 
est priced man on the league lead- 
ing New Haven team, has shown 
it .so often lately several sporting 
editors have pi.blicly called atten- 
tion to the fact. Other players have 
shown a disposition to pull the up- 
stage stuff when things do not go 
all their way. 

l)ag.** but Brit ton wa.-^ to lose. 
Leonard was then to go through 
with his Kansas and Tendler fight.^. 
but was not going to make the 
lightweight limit for either, accord- 
ing to the story. Leonard vvxM 
badly outi)otnted up to the knock- 
down round with P.ritton. What 
would be more natural than that ho 
should become over .tnxlous when 
he saw Britfon on the floor and 
realized that hero was an oppoi - 
unity to turn a losing battle into 
a winning one. He won from Kan- 
sas by dror>ping the Italian in the 
eleventh after had more 
than held him even for the first ten 
round.i*. An official investigation of 
the bout should be held immediately 
in order to save the game In New 
York State. 

H. IL Frazee Is about ready to 
dispose of his holdings in the Boston 
ball club, popularly called the Red 
Stocking.s, according to inside re- 
ports. It is said he is asking a lot 
of money for a team playing check- 
ers with Connie Mack's Athletics for 
the cellar spot In the American 
League. Frazee is r«M>orted to have 
asked $1,200,000 for the club, good 
will and grounds. That Frazee 
would reject an offer of a million is 
doubted. There are other stock- 
holders. When Frazee took over 
the club several years ago. It was 
believed Fenway Park would event- 
ually jump in valuation, it being? 
figured the growth of the automobile would extend ttberc. In- 
stead the motor business activity 
branched Into another direction. 

Leonard O'Brien, shortstop on the 
Williams College baseball team for 
the i»ast two years, is seriously ill 
wiih tyi»hoid fever at hiB home in 
Blackington Mass. O'Brien was 
taken ill on May 29. the day before 
the annual game with Amherst. For 
a time his condition was improved, 
but he suffered a relapse last week 
and little hope is now held out for 
his recovery. 

Fanchon and Marco, who have 
been offering a big musical revue in 
their Little Club on th« top floor of 
Tait's. San Francisco, u.'e to also 
present their revue on the main 
floor early in the evening. 

Lou Holts opened last night 
(Thursday) at the Side Show res- 
taurant, in blackface. Holtz's terms 
are a guarantee of $600 weekly and 
50 cents of each coveur charge. 
The coveur at that restaurant, for- 
merly the Ted Lewis Club, has 
been $1.50. It may be .reduced to 
$1 during the first two week.i of the 
^loltz engagement. If he gets over 
as a cabaret entertainer, the restau- 
rant may be closed after thp first 
two weeks and rem.ade into some 
novel design as a further attrac- 
tion, with Holtz continuing upon its 

Henry Horn, who resigned fls 
manager of the Green Mill Gardens, 
Chicago, last feel, to take up a simt* 
lar position . * the Marigold Gar- 
d»ns, is back at his old post with 
the rank of general manager an 
an interest in the Gardenj. 

I am going to visit the Newspaper Club at 133 K ast Forty-first street 
I have to be carried there on a stretcher. They t<'ll me every day is 
ladirvs' day now. That its members may bring ladies to dinner whenever 
they wish. And 1 expectantly await invitations. I am on a MacSwin. y 
Jiow and will not run the check up very hi^h. I'M even match you for it 
Don't all speak at once. Invitations will be filed in the order in which 
they are received. 

The rain streak from June into 
.July has been disastrous to the 
road. All open air re.sorts have 
l»eefi badly hit. In .summer places 
likeVoney Iflland. where a rent in- 
stallment was due .July 4. the rainy 
spell sent shivers down the spines 
of the Cincessionaiies and other 
amusrinent r>rovidirs. Last sum- 
mer June was firie for outdoors arid 
August rather bad. with July nor- 
mal. It may be July and August 
will run through to balaric<* up on 
the whole, but the . road and out- 
door men aren't buoyant ov^-r the 
proepects with the bad start. 

Edward F. McAvoy of Tro.v, gei.- 
tleman farmer and master mind of 
the baseball lottery which operaKnl 
in-x»JKht states. Is now in fedi-ral 
prison at Atlanta on the first 
stretch of the six-year senteni.i« 
which Judge Frank Cooper imposed 
upon him in the Ignited States Dis- 
trict Court last week. In addilh)n 
to the term in prison, McAvoy was 
fined $9,000. When arraigned in 
court, his attorney made an elo- 
quent plea for leniency, stating that 
McAvoy had four children depend- 
ent on him; that he was in 
straitened financial circumstances; 
that his agents in the lottery had 
refused to let him quit operating; 
that they had plotted for his down- 
fall, and that enemies, still at large, 
were responsible for exaggerated 
newspaper stories of his activities. 
McAvoy also made a plea to Judge 
Cooper ir» his own. behalf. Speaking 
for the government. Assistant Uni- 
ted States Attorney Earl H. Gallup 
said that McAvoy had committed a 
serious crime; that he had swindled 
people out of thou.sands of dollars, 
advertising big prizes but never 
paying more thyn $25, and that only 
when sales in a territory had fallen 
off and rieed<?d stimulating. John J. 
".lack" I'appalau, ;.r old State 
league pitcher, Charles Hull and 
Charles riirmon, partners of Mc- 
Avoy in the lolt< ry. were fined d 
sent<nied by Judge Cooper some 
time igo. 

George M. Cohan la still in the 
market to take over or buy into one 
of the big league ball clubs. Writ- 
ing and producing plays again have 
not dulled his appetite for big 
league participation. The club he 
wants to acquire Is not for sale and 
will not be during the lifetime of 
the present owner. Pretty nearly 
all the teams have been mentioned 
as attracting Cohan's Interest. In- 
clu<led are the St. Louis teams, 
both of which are knocking at the 
door of the pennant position In either 
league. Cohan would even go as far 
away as the MisHissippl river town 
if necessary, but the way those 
teams are going, they are out of the 
question. The sports writers 
throughout the country would like 
ot see Cohan in baseball. So would 
Ban Johnsun. Heydler. head of the 
National League, was In touch with 
Cohan not so long ago and Cohan 
at the time wa.<i surprised that 
<j[leydler would welcome a showman 
luTp (he field. If Cohan does acquire 
a hall club, he will do so with some. 
one who is a i)ractical baseball 

Just why the New York sporting 
writers should brand the Britton- 
Leonard bout "one of those things" 
IS a mystery to the majority of tight 
fans. If a fake was contemplated, 
why should lirilton win? Brit ton 
is 37 years old and jjissing out. 
Le(»iiard is in his r»rirne, Inif re- 
ported to hav'? much dilMculty mak- 
ing the lightweight lirnit. .So much 
so that his coining light with Lew 
T','ndler is to he staged in .Jersey 
where they dorit permit d»'f;isions 
»nd where they have "makirii; 
weit-'hl" down to a H<Menee. H id 
L(On.ird won the welterweit;ht fii| 

Bonny Leonard so easily disposed 
of Rocky Khushs it Benton Har- 
bor, Mich., (he 4th, making the 
Buffalonian throw in the towel in 
the eighth round, that Leonard may 
have some Job explaining how Kan- 
sas went along with him for the full 
limit each time in the two bouts 
they have had around New York 
withln.the year. Kansas Is reported 
by the Associated Press as saying. 
"Oh, how he can hit," referring to 
Leonard. If a couple of boxers must 
fight three times before one of threm 
finds that out, it may be opportune 
for the fight fans to wait until the 
third fight after this to get the real 

Over In Philadelphia one Lew 
Tendler has been doing quite soi..j 
talking about what he is going t>) 
do to Leonard when (hey meet in 
the near future. Tendler saw the 
Brltton-Leonard flop, ifn has hii 
own Idea of the Leonard foul in 
that battio and is not to 
expressing it. Tendler was 
hoping that Kansas would not harm 
Leonard, so he (Tendler) wf)uld be 
certain to meet him. Tendler has 
his wish. 

Any number of versions of (ho 
Briiton-Leonard fight are still 
around. If was thought by fh«» 
sports writers Leonard would pull 
on Kansas to save his hand f<»r 
Tendler. b«it it didnt that way 
in the account.^ of the fight. 

Le<,n Wing, .S'.in Franel.^co man 
arifl r.iring hecretary and Judge at 
th«» Rerlo and Tiuin.-ijrickey Club. 
M .-hot an. I killed^ Reno Jun.i 
'< by Jockey X-lgler. who then sli.>t 
hmi.s..|f Tnd died a f.w hours later. 
Z»iul. r, who wan ruled off the track 



he could have ch-aned up x fornifi.' i ! ist summer at Vaneouver B 
in the heavier divi.simr. for-with hi.s had £e.M-jitIy lrnp..rtuned Wing ami 
iiiigo per.MonaT following he would o»h'r offl-iaJs to reinstate him It 
route interest in the class. A f.-.vlwis said he beliHv.'d Win- 
w'teks before the fight the rumor personally responsible for keenifii? 
committee had tl»e fight as ' m u.e him oiL the track, : ^ t, . 






Friday, July 7, 1922 


S TjH ; mj im^gmaa 



Despondency be( iiuse of continued 
ill-health and inability to obtain rest 
BO affected John Major, manager of 
the Lyceum, Rochester, N. Y., that 
he Runs himself from the window of 
his fourth floor apartment to the 
paved street below. It is believed 




Who Pai^jod Away June 27, 1922 


death was instantaneous. The trag- 
edy was enacted Thursday morning, 
June 29, at an early hour while he 
was suffering temporary aberration. 
Mr. Major came to Rochesier 
about a yesLt ago from Syracuse, 
where h^ Had been manager of the 
Kmpire. About 18 weeks ago Mr. 
Major became ill with rheumatism 

and was compelk*! to give up his 
work. Medical treatment gave him 
no relief. lie went to French Lick 
Springs and remained six weeks 
He camo back little Improved. He 
suffered intense pain practically all 
of the lime. 

A number of years ago Mr. Major 
was manager for Margaret Mat*>er. 
and later manager for 
Sothern- Marlowe for several sea- 
sons. When Winthrop Ames opened 
tko Century, New .York, he was 
house manager, and later was house 
manager for Comstock & Gest. In 
1920 he went to the Syracuse Em- 

Thursday morning Mrs. Major 
discovered her husband was not in 
bed. She looked around and found 
a note, in which he stated ho in- 
tended to do away with himself. 
She called a woman in an adjoining 
apartment, who in ' turn called a 
man. The latter quickly dro.snod, 
and going to ihe rear of the build- 
ing found the body of Major on the 


■A» .t 

Street, New York, of the "Follies" 
chorus is Buffering from injuries re- 
reived in a head-on automobile ool- 
lision which occured in New 
F^ochell**, N. Y., Tuesday night. 
Kdward Oulliton, In the same car, 
is suffering form tho shock and 

Denis Ricaud, head of the Pathe 
Consortium Cinema, one of the 
largest film comj)anle8, is expected 
to come to New York, it is reported, 
and estabHsh an American connec- 
tion independent of the Pathe Ex- 
change, Inc. 


Frank Ciray, dean of southern 
theatre managers, died June 28 at 
his home in Memphis, where he had 
^ived since three years of age, dy- 
ing at 68, The deceased entered 
theatricals as a usher at the Lue- 
brie theatre, Memphis, later becom- 
ing manager of that house, and also 
of others. He retired from active 
work a year ago. Two 'daughters 
and two sisters survive. 

Five men were arrested as giand 
larct-ny suspects in connection with 
the death of H. G. Bentley, 33, an 
actor, who died apparently from 
drug poisoning, in the hallway of 
210 West 53d street. New York. The 
prisoners were arrested on suspicion 
of having ileeced another man of 
$105 while matching coins at 12th 
avenue and 65th street, New York, 
June 18. According to the detective 
who questioned the prisoners they 
had no knowledge of Bentley's death. 
It was said to be only a coincidence 
tho men were arrested in the same 
house the body was found. Hentley 
was a son of H. W. Rentley of 

The mother of Ednah Altemus, In 
private life the wife of Harry 
Bailey, manager of the Century, 
San Francisco, died last week in 
Hartford, Conn. 


Mme. Nina Tarasova filed suit in 
the New York Supreme Court 
against Solomon Hurok, 29 West 
42nd street, New York, for $5,176, 
Alleged to be due on a theatrical 
contract for 20 weeks. 

Fcodor Challapin, the Russian 
opera singer, has been reported ill 
in Petrograd, suffering from dia- 
betes. He is under contract for 
four months concert tour of the 
States, beginning November 5. 

George Broadhurst's first produc- 
tion of the season will be his play 
entitled "Wild Oats Lane," based 
on a story by Gerald Beaumont pub- 
lished in the Red Book Magazine. 
It will open in Atlantic City July 
17 with Maclyn Arbuckle heading 
the cast. 

John F. Filkins. 23. said to be an 
actor was arrested at his home 2.')5 
West 111th street, New York, on a 
warrant charging grand larceny in 
the second degree. Filkins was ar- 
rested last year while posing as the 
nephew of Charles M. Schwab, for 
defrauding. He was admitted to 
bail and disappeared until the latter 
part of last week when the detec- 
tives located him. 

Mrs. Bessie Sherry, 22, former 
"Follies" girl, wife of William 
Sherry, was arrested Inst week 
charged with the theft of $600 worth 
of clothing and jewelry from Kath- 
erine Adrien, 209 Underbill avenue, 
Brooklyn, N. Y., with whom she 
lived. Mrs. Sherry said her husband 
deserted her when she gave birth 
to a baby girl. He expected a boy, 
she said. 

The Motor Show and Wild West, 
arranged by Fred Stone for a 
charity benetit, was given at the fair 
grounds at Mineola, L. I., July 3, 
postponed from the previous Satur- 
<lay when rain prevented the per- 
formance. Many society people at- 
tended with some selling circus 
lemonade and peunuts. The motor 
trucks carried displays from various 
theatrical clubs for the llrst part 
of the show, with the wild west ex- 
hibition in which Annie Oakley took 
part, for the concluding half. About 
$10,000 was realized. 

Hundreds of German authors who 
haven't the equivalent of a dollar 
which now is 345 m.arks against six 
marks before the war, are to be 
helped in copyrighting their material 
Jn America by Dr. George Cartzke 
and Dr. Cnrl Bertling. both of the 
American Ii.stitutc in Berlin. 

was arrested June 19 for a.ssault on 
the complaint of George H. Broad- 
hurst. Both were passengers on the 
''Columbia." Broadhurst originally 
sued for $50,000. From information, 
Symon made reparation before the 

The widow's of New York's slain 
police heroes will benefit from the 
performance of "In the Name of the," a Robertson-Cole feature 
which will open at the Geo. M. 
Cohan theatre, New York, on July 


Robert Rich was lined $50 last 
week in Special Sessions for per- 
mitting his* son Bernard, age 4 (pro- 
fessionally known as "Taps") to ap- 
pear in "The IMn-Whecl" at the Earl 
Carroll theatre. New York, on the 
night of June 19. The child ap- 
peared in the finale in a sailor suit 
and plnyed the trap drum.s for 10 
nflnutes. When the Society for the 
I'revention of Cruelty to Children 
learned the father did not have a 
permit, the child was taken out of 
the show.' Rich was fined twice last 
summer and had sentence .suspended 
for similar offenses. He was not 
granted a jiermit for the boy's 
further appearance but nstead was 
informed by the court if he offended 
again, he would face a prison 

Cora Meredith, 25, picture actress, 
who tried to commit suicide by 
jumping from a ferry boat last 
week, and was removed to North 
Hudson Hospital at Weehawken. 
N. J., said that she would try in 
some other way to end her life. 

The uncle of Rosa and Carmela 
Ponselle. Alphonse Ponzillo, is under 
arrest charged with the killing of 
his son-in-law, Salvatore Brigullia 
in the back yard of his home in 
Waterbury, Conn., July 4. 

A check for $2,000 was sent the 
Actor's Fund by the IMayers" Club 
as 10 per cent, of the gross done 
by the week's performances of "The 
Rivals" at the Kmpire, New York. 

Anna Duane, 19, who lived at the 
Longacre Hotel, 157 West 47th 
street, New York, tried to com- 
mit suicide by taking a solution of 
bichloride of mercury at the Penn- 
sylvania Terminal Monday night 
(July 3). Miss Duane played in a 
vaudeville sketch, and when the act 
closed was left penniless. She was 
removed to the Bellevue Hospital 
where it was said that her condition 
Is serious. 

The Theatre CJuild has first option 
on all of George B. Shaw's future 
plays otTercd for production here. 
Lawrence Langner, now in London, 
made arrangements with Sliaw, who 
is to receive a minimum payment 
of $2,r>0(), leaving the details of con- 
tracts and advance royalties in the 
hands of the Guild. 

A petition was denied Attorney- 
General Leonard B. Fowler by the 
State Supreme Court of Nevada, at 
Carson City for a rehearing of his 
action attacking the divorce granted 
Mary IMckford from Owen Moor<\ 
The Supreme Court recently u^^Uirid 
the divorce. 

John B. Symon of San Franyisrn 
was tined $20 and costs in the I nlcd 
tJtateH Court in Baltimore. Symon 

Mrs. Miriam Ostrirho, surviving 
parent of Muriel O.striehe, of pic- 
ture.s, met death Monday night in 
Albany, N. Y., by jumping or tailing 
out of an ei^'hlh floor window of the 
Hotel Wellington. Mrs. Oestri<h 
was with her ilaughter and son-in- 
law on a motor trip from New York. 
bound fo!" Saratoga. They stopped 
at the Albany hotel. The daiightcr 
(Mrs. Brady) claimed her mother's 
death wa.«<^an aecident — the eoi-oner 
.said slie had' jumped out of the win- 
dow. Mi^s Ostriche's fath^'i; die<l 
some y«nrs ago in Niw Yoik. He 
had been a wholcf^ale clothing man- 

Regi-^a Kin^;, 20, of 124 East iJth 


Anthony P. Ludden, attached to 
the local branch of the State Tax 
Commission, was lust week ap- 
pointed by Surrogate Cohalan as 
transfer tax State appraiser of the 
estate left by David Scull Bispham, 
late American baritone, for the pur- 
pose of assessing whatever taxes 
may be due to the State under the 
inheritance tax laws. 

Mr. Bispham, who was €4, died 
Oct. 2 last, and was laid to rest in 
Philadelphia. P^or a number of 
years he had been separated from 
his widow, Caroline Russell Bisp- 
ham of Rosemary Inn, Stamford, 
Conn., who was a daughter of the 
late General Charles S. Russell, to 
whom he was married April 28, 
1895, a^pd in addition to her, left two 
children, Vida Bispham Daddi-Bor- 
gheri of 16 Viale deV Poggio, Im- 
perial, Florence, Italy, and Leonie 
Francesca Carnegie Bispham. 

Their son, David Scull Bispham, 
Jr., was killed during the war in 
an aviation camp accident in Eng- 

Under the singer's will, executed 
Aug. 1, 1918, which probate was un- 
successfully contested by his widow 
and unmarried daughter, he direct- 
ed his net property to be divided as 

Three-quarters of the principal of 
his !ifo trust fund, over which he 
had the power of disposal, left to 
him by his grandfather, David 
Scull, whose will was probated in 
Philadelphia on Jan. 7, 1885. equally 
between his widow and tho two 
children. The remaining quarter 
of the tru.«vt fund principal, together 
with his own individual property, to 
Mrs. Henrietta Miller Ten Eyck, 
friend, of 50 Central Park West, "to 
apply any part of the propeity so 
bequeathed to her for the founding 
or erecting of a suitablj memorial 
to me." 

Mrs. Ten Eyck, together vith Job 
E. Hedges, the New York attorney, 
were named as the executors of 
the estate. 

At the trial of the will contest In 
the Surrogate's Co irt, which lasted 
three day.s, it was disclosed Mr. 
Bispham had entered Into an agree- 
ment in September, 1908, to pay his 
wife, during her lifetime or widow- 
hood, and provided that she woull 
not "directly, or indirectly, 
statements or information to the 
newspapers in any way derogatory" 
to him, $7,000 yearly, anu to his 
daughter Vida $1,000 yearly "upon 
her maintaining an attitude of filial 
respect toward her father and upon 
her conduct being in accordance 
with such respectful relation." 

The $4,000 yearly, in quarterly 
paymentfl, to be given to Mrs. Bisp- 
ham and tho married daughter, it 
was further agreed, was predicated 
on the fact that Mr. Bispham's in- 
come was, including that received 
from his fathers estate, $12,000 a 
year, and if his income decreased 
then they were to receive one-third 
of whatever his income .amounted 
to, th«ir ]>ayments to be redUce<l 

While Mrs. Bisjjham and her^UD- 
m.ii—.e«. daughter sought to have 
the baritone's will deni»Hi probate, 
the married daughter retained ;i 
Ncw^York attorney and authorized 
him to act for her. 

PEBFOBMEBS EXAMINE I i«8U»nir contracts signed by the cor* 

SHUBEBT CONTBACT I '**''**^*°" *"^ "®^ ^^ *" individual, 

(Continued from page 5) r^**^:/*"*" "' ^" '>f^^^^^<>^ »»'« cor, 

I poration. The unit producers' con- 
unit production appears to be In- J tracts arc also said to include a two 
corporated and so far has been | weeks' notice tilause. 


(Belpw is thr form in full of the contract heinp iasucd ty the 
Shubcrt vuu(k:villc hooking office in New York for next season.) 



An agreement made thts day of , 193. . ., 

by and between , theatrical manager of the 

City, County and State of New York, hereinafter called the 

MANAGER, and , 

hereinafter called the ARTIST. 


1. The Artist in consideration of the payments to be made by the 
Manager as hereinafter specified, and of tho sum of One Dollar to 
him or her in hand paid, the receipt of which is hereby acknowl- 
edged, hereby agrees to render his or her exclusive service to the 
Manager at such times and at such places in the Unltec'i States and 
Canada as the Manager may direct, at least twice each day and 
not over fourteen (14) times in each week, excepting and in addition 
thereto one extra performance on Election Night, and one on New 
Year's Evening, and an extra performance on any other holiday If 

Jt occurs during this engagement, during the theatrical season of 
192. . .192. . *: said season to commence and terminate at the 

option of the Manager, but to consist of not let-s than 

weeks. ♦ 

The services of the Artist to be as an actor, or actrese, or per- 
former, and to include hie or her vaudeville specialty, and his or 
her services in such parts as may be designated by the Manager, 
in consideration of which services the Manager agrees to pay to 
the Artist the sum of Dollars weekly. 

2. All railroad fares and baggage charges under this contract 
shall be paid by the Manager from the City of New York to the 

opening point, and from the closing point back to the City of 
New York. 

3. If the operation of any theatre in which the Artist Is to appear 
Is prevented by fire, casualty, public authority, stvikes, or any other 

pauses beyond the Manager's control, the Manager shall pay to the 
Artist a sumyof money based on the number of performances ren- 
dered on a pr6 rata basis. If the Artist is prevented from rendering 
the services under this contract by reason of sickness, accident or 
causes beyond the Artist's control, the Artist shall be paid a sum 
of money based on the number of performances rendered on a pro 
rata basis. 

4. The Artist agrees: "A." To abide by all the rules and regula- 
tions in force at any theatre or place of performance, and further- 
more agrees to ab lo by all the rules and regulations usral and 
customary in theatrical companies, which said rules and regulations 
are made part of hereof. "B." To report for reheqirsale promptly 
and at all times and places as directed by the Manager. "C." To 
furnish a complete orchestration of any music necessary for his 
or her vaudeville act or specialty. *'D." To eliminate any .<jrtIon 
of his or her act deemed objectionable by the Manager. "E." Not 
to make any changes in his or her vaudeville act or .specialty with- 
out prior written consent of tWo Manager. 

5. If tho Manager receives notice that the vaudeville act or 
specialty of the Artist engaged under this contract is an infringe- 
ment or a property right, copyright, or patent right, the Artist 
agrees to furnish security satisfactory to the Manager, to indemnify 
the Manager against any loss or damage whatsoever by the reason 
of his permitting the presentation of such an act, before continuing 
with his or her act, or to change his or her act in a manner satis- 
factory to the Manager; such satisfaction to be solely in the judg- 
ment of the Manager. 

6. The Artist shall not appear for any other person during the 
term of this engagement, either publicly or at clubs or at private 
entertainments, in any cify in which the Manager may play his 
attraction without first obtaining the written consent of the 

7. Shubert Vaudeville Exchange of New York City is acting for 
the Manager Ih employing the Artist, and five per cent. (5%) of the 
salai-y herein mentioned is to be deducted each week for the Shu- 
bert Vaudeville Exchange for procuring the Artist his engagement, 
and the Artist hereby t rects and authorizes the Manager to so 
deduct such five per cent. (5%) and to pay the same direct to the 
said Shubert Vaudeville Exchange. 

8. The Artist hereby agrees that if he or .she refuses or fails 
to play any engagement under this contract, that he or she will 
pay to the Manager without demand as liquidated damages an 
amount equal to twice the weekly salary paid under this agreement 
for each and every week that Artist refuses or fails to play under 
this agreement. 

9. This contract may be canceled and said employment termi- 
nated at tho election of either party of this agreement at any time 
without cause upon giving two weeks' notice in writing. 

10. The Artist further agrees that he or she will furnish all the 
neces.sary costumes required to properly dress any and all parts in 
their own vaudeville act or specialty, tg the entire satisfaction of 
the Manager. 

11. The Manager agreorf to furnish the Artist with all thej neces- 
sary costumes, hats, dresses aod tights that may be required; in the 
"REVUE" portion of the entertainment, and such wardrobe as is 
used in the "ilEVUE" portion of the entertainment shall at all 
times remain the property of the Man.oger. 

12. Artists signing this agreement do so with the distinct under- 
standing that any scenes, dialog or action that they may create or 
help to create, or any scenes that may be .allotted in the "REVUE" 
portion of the entertainment, shall at all times be considered a 
part of the show and the sole property of the Manager, it being 
further understood that the Manager may continue to use such ^ 
scenes, dialog or parts of scenes during or after the cancellation 
of this contract, without cost, or without any claim for damages . 
on the part of the Artist, it being distinctly understood that this 
does not apply to the Artist's vaudeville or specialty act. 

This contract shall be considered only according to the I^ws of 
the State of New York, and any suit or action thereon or follo-wing 
therefrom shall be brought and shall bo maintainable only in a < 
court held within tho County and State of N£j«v York" .and shall 
not be brought or maintain.Tble in any otherx^iunty or State. 

SI'ECIAL NOTICE. No statement or promise by the Manager or ; 
its representative or the Artist or his or her representative con- 
cerning the Artist's po.sition on the bill, or witli reference thereto, 
(Ires.'sing room, advertising, billing or any other thing or matter j 
whatsoever shall be binding on eillier party to this eontract unless , 
eleiirly in<lorsed in writing on the face of this contract and made ■ 
a part thereof. I 

"'he Manager's .iddress for the purpose of thi.; .igrecment is noW ' 
fixed ul..^.^. — _^_.,_^_^^_,,, ,_-J.- J. 

The Artlst'.s address for tlie purpose of this npreement Is now 
fixed at 

WITNESS the hands and seals of the parties hereto at the City 
of New York, the day and year first above written. 

wjUMi ■< fa'- 

Friday, July 7, 19Z2 





(An houam ofM fM tlM wMk with Ifoadaj mAtlr.*., whM aot otlunrlM 
ladlcaUd ) 'wi^ 

Th« bllta btlow «r» croap«d ta dlTlaloii% aooordlnc to bookint ©ffloo* mippltod 

Tho maojMr IB which thoao bllU aro pHntod dooa not donoU tho roUUvo 
Inportanco of »eU n9r thoir program posltlona. • '"• roiauTo 

• boforo aaao donotoo act la dolnc now turn, or roaDDoaHa* m.rimr •n.^n.. 
trom Taudovillo. or appoarln* la city w hero llatod for ih. SriiUmi •»»»•»«• 



Keith's Palaeo 

Iffae Weat 
Lou Telleyen Co 
pavo Harria Co 
Arnaut Bros 
Bankoff & Co 
Paul Nolan Co 
Joe lirowniny 
.Van &Schencic 
Keith's Biverstdo 

Van & Corbett 
•When Love Y'ung" 
Bessie Drowning 
"WhitinK & Burt 
Walsh & J'^dvvarda 
Kaymond AVllbert 
l-oxwth & Frances 

Mom' Broad Hay 

Will J Ward 
l*aly Mac & Daljr 
Bob AnilorHon 
(Others to fill) 

Moss' Coliseum 

IJell McKlnley 
Allman & Howard 
Creole Fashion PI 
Tony Georse Co 
(Two to fill) 

Jim McWilliama 
LIndley's Beren'd'rs 
(One to All) 

Proctor'a Sth Ave. 

2d half (6-9> 
Will J Ward 
Nat Nazarro Oo 
"Wonder Act" 
(Others to All) 

l8t half (10-12) 
Bthel Hopkins 
Henry's Melody ( 
V & E Stanton 
Adolphus Co 
(Two to fill) 

2d half (13-18) 
Neil McKlnley 
"Press Rehearsal" 
(Others to fill) 

rroctor's 28d 8t. 

2d half (6-9) 
W & C fthelvy 
L Foster Co 
Mel Klce 
•Stolen Sweets" 
(Two to nil) 

1st half (10-12) 
Al Carp 

Jack Collins Co 
Murray Voe4k Co 
(Others to fill) 

Ofllclal Dentlat to the If. V. JL. 


1403 B*war tPntnam Blds.i N. V. 

2d halt 
Al K Hill Co 
Jack Rose 
Wm Moore Co 
(Two to fill) 

Keith's Fordhans 

Bailey & Cowaa 
Al Shayne 
Diam'd & -Brennan 
Castleton & Mack 
(Two to fill) 

2d half 
Lew Wilson 
Leddy A Leddy 
Bckrldje Casey Co 
'(Others to fill) 

Mosa' FrankUa 

Muud Earls Co 
Lew Wilson 
Al K Hall Co 
O'Connell A Lewla 
(Two to fill) • 

Ld half 

Marino A Martia 
Lady Tsen Mel 
(Others to fill) 

Keith's Haniltoa 
Kule A O'Brien 

2d half (13-lS) 
Ballyhoo 3 
Jean Moraran 
Zuhn & Dries 
(Others to fill) 



2d half 
Toney George Co 
Bailey A' Cowan 
Al Shayne 
Creole Fashion PI 
Dobbe A Nelson 
Wm Seabury Co 


Keith's Uushwick 
Alice de Garmo 
Ryan Weber A R 
Laughlin & West 
Grace Hayes 
Harry Hulman Co 
Mel Klee 
Ted Lewis Co 
JAN Olms 

Keith's Orpheum 

The Faynes 

I Frank Gaby 
Diane A Rublai 
Lester Allen 



tS West 46th Street Now York 

Telephoae Bryant 154S 

Lady Tsen Mel 
Marino A Martia 
B'ckridge Casey Co 
(Two to fill) 
2d half 
Maud Barle Co 
Oilfo^le A Lango 
. .(Others to fill) - 

Keith's JeffersoB 

^'om Smith 
(Others to fill) 

2d half 
O'Connell A Lewis 
(Others to fill) 

Moss* Regeat 

Bobby Folaom 
B C Hllllam 
(Others to fill) 

2d half 
Rule A O'Briea 
Wm Edraunda 
(Others to fill) 

Keith's 81st 
Harry Cooper 
Oier's Musical Ten 
Moore A Jayns 
Sazton A Farrell 
Adrian Steeple 
li A B Dreyer 

Keith's H. O. H. 

2d half (6-9) 
•Tickle Toes" 
Sully A Houghton 
D Shoemaker Co 
Neil McKinley 
O'Connell A Lewis 
(Two to fill) 

1st half (10-12) 
Haney A Morgan 
D D H 
(Others to fill) 

2d half (13-16) 
Tom Smith Co 
Jack Collins 
Johnny Keefe 
(Others to fill) 

Ted L?wis Co 
Dooley A Coogaa 
Jack Donahue 

Keith's Prospeot 

2d half (6-9) 
Corinne A Humb'r 
Vine A Temple 
H Hayden Co 
Jim McWilllams 
John Blondy Co 
(One to fill) 

1st half (10-11) 
Foley A Lature 
Pierce A Ryan 
Nat Nazarro Co 
(Others to fill) 

2d half (13-lS) 
Sliding B Watson 
Adolphus Co 
Leavitt A Lockw'od 
(Others to fill) 

Keith's Greenpoint 

2d half (6-9) 
Reed A Selman 
Welch A Norton 
Blaise A Blaise 
(Others to fill) 

1st half (10-12) 
Ballyhoo 3 
Lambert A Fish 
Will J Ward 
Flo Henry Co 
Raynor A Nerrot 
(One to fill) 

2d half (11-11) 

Carroll Oirls 
Henry's Melody < 
(Others to fill) 


Fridkin A Rhoda 
Mary Warren 
Bronson A Edw'rds 



Just finished 94 successful weeks on 
Keith, Orpheum and Interstate circuits. 

Direction W. 8. IIENNESSY 

Proctor's 125th St. 

2d half (6-9) 
Lambert A Fish 
(Others to fill) 

1st half (10-12) 
Jean Morgan 
(Others to fill) 

2d half (13-16) 

Frey & Morgan 
"Stolen Sweets" 
(Others to fill) 

rroctor's Mth St. 
powney & Claridge 
Worth Wayten 4 
Fcey A Rogors 
"Stolen Klssos' 
Joe Towle 
Jean & White 

2d half 
2 Harmony Hounds 
Burns A Wilson 
I'lelds A Mason 

J R Johnson Co 
(Two to fill) 

2d half 
Ford A Goodrich 
Fairfield 4 
Wyle A Hartman 
"Clown Rev" 


Young's Pier 

Hanako Japs 


Wood's Cirrus 

Johnny Kurke 

Lang & Vernon 


: Maryland 

SIdnoy rhilllps Co 
Ona Muneon Co 
Monroe A Grant 
The Comebacks 
Jessie Heed 

Barrett A Farnum 
Alexander A Smith 
Joe Cook 


B. F. Keith's 

S J Sidney Co 
Eddie Miller Co 
Cartmell A Harris 
Geo Lo Maire Co 

(Others to fill) 



Hasel Moran 
Lexey A O'Connor 
Kennedy A Berle 
Fr'klyn Charles Co 
Vernon Stiles 
Lionel Atwiil Co 
Demarcst A C'llette 




Frances Arms 
Mary Young 
Billy Glaaon 
Andrieff Trio 


lOSth St. 

Louise A Mitchell 
Ruby Royce 
M'Carthy & Stern'd 
McRath & Deeds 
HiRgins A Bates 
Charles Irwin 
Howard & Sadler 
Rice A Werner 
Harry Breen 
Henodee Troupe 



Kerr & Wesfon 
Bezar.ian A White 
Jennler Bros 
Morale Sisters 
A A L Sheldon 
Den Smith 

Mt. Park Casino 

Brown A DeMont 
F A M Brit ton 
Vokes A Don 
Wyle & Hartman 
Casting Campbells 

2d half 
Betty Washington 
Blackstone ' 

(Others to fill) 



2d half (6-9) 
Ballyhoo 3 
Dixie Hamilton 
Wm Edmunds Co 
Howard A Sadler 
Tom Smith 
Devil Land 

1st half (10-12) 
Edith Hallor 
Zugn A Dries 
"Dress Rehearsal" 
(Others to fill) 
Foley A Lature 
Pierce A Ryan 
Nat Nazarro Co 
(Others to fill) 



2d half (6-9) 

Clinton A Rooney 
Joe Cook 

Alex'ndcrs A Smith 
(Two to fill) 

1st half (10-12) 
Tierney A Donnelly 
Bobbe A Nelson 
(Others to fill) 

2d half (13-16) 
Ethel Hopkins 
Stan Stanfey Co 
(Others to fill) 



(Rlchmond split) 
1st half 
Chad A M Huber 
Crafts A Haley 
A Alexander Co 
Alleen Stanley 


B. F. Keith's 

Bob Albright 
Fanny Brice 
Swift A Kelly 
Marsh Montgomery 

Fred J Ardath Ca 
Foster A Semon 
Danay Duggaa Oa 



(Sorantoa split) 

1st half 

Sully A Houghton 
Bobby Randall 
Runaway Pour 

2d half 
Barto A Melrla 
L Hall's Revue 

Helep Morettl 
Qladys Delmar Rot 

WB(?'S'T'B, MASS. 


I'OS Valedona 
Dobbs Masoa A P 

Hegedus Bisters 


Fred J Ardath Co 

2d half 
Prank Work Co 
Aukland A Mae 
William Ebs 
De Haven A Nlee 
Syncopated Seven 



Lohse A Sterling 
B. F. Keith's ~* 

Gold & Edwards 

Douglas A Earl 

Seamon & Conrad 

Mattylee Lippard 


Geo Austin Moore 


(Norfolk split) 
1st half 
Sherman A OR'rke 
Lew Dockstader 
Gosler A Lusby 
(Two to fill) 


Ford A Goodrich 
Fairfield 4 
"Clown Rev" 
(Others to fill) 

2d half 
Fridkin A Rhoda 
Mary Warren 
Bronson A Edw'rds 
J R Johnson Co 
(Two to fill) 

B. F. Keith's 
UUs A Lee 

Holliday A Wlllette 
Berk A Sawn 
Arthur West 
Harry J Conley Co 



Joe Allen 

Melino A Wallace 

Qulxey 4 

Harry Burns Co 

Mme Herman Co 

2d half 
Wally A Wally 
Brown A DeMont 
H Hayden Co 
Jean Granese 
Donegan A Allen 


B. F. Keith's 

"Artistic Treat" 
Ann Gray 
Robbins Family 
Eddie Ross 
Eva Shirley Co 

Kellum A O'Dare 
Maurice Diam'd Co 


2d half (6-9) 
3 Kirknios 
Bond Wilson Co 
Burke A Durkin 
Worth Wayten 4 
(Two to fill) 

1st half (10-12) 
Wm Edmunds Co 
Jim McWilllams 
Wells Virgihla A W 


The Brightens .. . 
Zelda Santley 
Pisano A Bingham 
Ben Welch 
Jane A Miller 

Gordon's Olympla 

(Scollay 8q.) 

Gray Sisters 
"Weak Spot" 
Australian Stanley 
(One to fill) 

Gordon's Olympla 

(Washington St.) 
Homer Roniaine 
King A Irwin 

Clifton A De Rex 
(Two to fill) 


Van A Tyson 
Faber A Bernett 
Bob Hall 
McWaters A Tyson 

2d half 
May Miller Co 
De Peron Trio 
(Two to fill) 



2d half 
Van A Tyson 
Faber & Bernott 
Bob Hall 
McWaters A Tyson 





Tucker A Clare 
Songs A Scenes 
Lewis A Rogers 
Wyoming Trio 

2d half 
Jack Hanley 
Patten A Reld 
Rubini Sisters 
Harry Hines 
Oamia Co 
(One to fill) 

May McKay A Sis 
Irvine Audrey A R 
Hodge A Lowell 
Jack Strauss 
The Qaudsmit^ 



J A J Chains 
Jas McCurdy Co . 
Joe Roberts 
Vlctorlne A Dillon 



Cooper A Seamon 
N A O Verga 
Duray A Sarll 
Billy Doss 
Elliott Johnson Co 

2d half 
Edwards A Edw'ds 




Howard A Clark 
Monlgomery A A 
Casinos A Wilkens 
Frances Kennedy 
Fred Hughes 

State Lake 

Dave Schooler 
Venita Gould 
Reynolds A D'neg'n 

Murray A Gerrtsh 
Gallagher A Martin 

"Show OfT' 
Paul Decker 



Doyle dTCavanaugh 
Harry Langdon 
Jack Osterman 
Kluting's Animals 
Chas Wilson 
Isham Jones 



Direction- CHAS. MORRISON 






8uita 417, Romax Bldg. 

245 West 47th Street 



Billy Beard 
Fries A Hughes 
Block A Dunlop 
Norton A Melnotte 
Raymond Bond Co 


Blain Street 

Gilbert Wells 
Murray Kissea 
Olcott A Ana 
E ml lie Lea 
Roy LaPearl 
Lillian Gonne 


Hlli Street 

Frawley A Louise 
Barclay A Chain 
Karl Karey 
Robbie Gordone 



Emma Carua 
Jack Bcnnlo 
Fern A Marie 
Luster Bros 
Belle Montrose 
B Parker Boys 


Golden Gate 

(Sunday opening) 
Ben E One 
Cavana Duo 
Kennedy A Rooney 
Hardy A Uclay 
Trixie Friganxa 
Rinaldo Bros 


John Steel 
Flo Lewia 

2d half 
Florence Perry 
Nola St Clair Co 
Kenni'dy A Davis 
Aronty Bros 
(One to fill) ' 

Drlanrey St. 

Arch A Vera 
Katherine Stang Co 
Officer Hyman 
Haig A L« Vere 
I..eo Zarrell Duo 
(One to fill) 

2d half 
Tho Lytclla 
Flo Ring 
A A L Wilson 
James Kennedy Co 
Fraser A Bunco 
S Mora A R'kless 2 

Daley A Berlew 
Orville Stamm 
Patten A Reed 
Joe Mack A Girls 
Sy Mora A R'kleas 2 

2d .half 
John Regay Co 
Expo Jubilee Four 
Una Clayton Co ' 
Bryant A Stewart 
Alex Bros A Evelyn 



Shea A Carroll 
Hal Johnson Co 
Bert Walton 
Donald Sis 

2d half 
K\rg Broil 
Harry White 
Schaeffer W A C 
Dunham A Wllli'ms 
(One to fill) 

ATeane B 


Mack A Reading 
Dreon Sis 
5 Troubadours 
(One to fill) 
2d half 
Frank Hartley 
Sisters A Jordan 
Regal A Mack 
I^red LaReine Co 
(One to fill) 



King Bros 
Bell A Baldwin 
Honeymoon Ship 
Bryaift A Stewart 
Road to Vaudeville 

2d half 
Dalley Bros 
K Stang Co 
H B Todmer Co 
Armstrong A J'mes 
"Gypsy Songsters" 


Jack Hanley 
Henrie Sis 
Jas Kdnoedy (^ 
Dunham A Will'ms 
Rublnl A Rosa 

2d half 


iJI?£SfK^.. NOW AT 310 W. 47th ST. »*"SL5IS™- 

Th<atrlcal Rats to I25tli 8t.. 75«.: Bresx. BfMlilyB, |l.tO. SpMlal Laai Rate t* Bi| Aats. ( 

Breen Family 
(Two to fill) 

2d half (13-11) 
D O H 



B A Rolfs Revue 



Novelty Plerettos 
Fid Gordon 
LeMaire A W'mson 
Ch'l'tte Lansing Co 
Foster A Seamon 
"Cell Mates' 

2d half 

Don Fong Gue 
Dorothy Waters 
Espe A Dutton 
Hawthorne A Cook 
Llllctta Co 



WAG Ahearn 
Dorothy Walters 
Danny Dug^an Co 
Hawthorne A Cook 
(One to fill) 

2d half 

Wilson A Kappell 
Fid (Jordon 
"Cell Mat.'s" 
LeMnire & Wtiison 
(One to All) I 



(W'kes-Brre split) 

1st half 
L Hall's Revue 
Helen Morettl 
Gladys Delmar Co 

2d halt 
Sully A Houghton 
Bobby Randall 
Runaway Four 



Frank Work Co 
Aukland A Mae 
De Haven A Nice 
Syncopated Seven 

2d half 
Let Valedons 
Dobba Mason A P 
Charlotte Lansing 



Wilson A Kappell 
Dong Fong Gue 
William Kbs 
Lllletta Co 

2d half 
Novelty rierottos 
V,' gc ii Ahearn 

W A H Browne 
Mrs Wallace Reld 


Harry Carroll 
Flanlgan A Mor's'n 

Dill Robinson 
Mildred Harris Co 
Kane A Herman 
Snell A Vernon 
Butler A Parker 



State - 
Daley Bros 
Rublnl A Rosa 
Haxel Cro.sby 
Frazer A Bunoe 
Nola St Clair Co 
Lew Hilton 
Bothwell Brown Co 

2d half 
Melnotte Duo 

LaVlne Audrey A R 
Hal Johnson Co 
Lewis A Rogers 
(One to fill) 


The LytelUi 
Cook A Vernon 
Gypsy Songsters 
Harry Hines 
Camia A Co 
Joe Mack A Girls 






OI'KKA and .lAZZ. INC. 
Direction: IIAKKY WKBER 

Bell Baldwin 
Wheeler A Potter 
"Old Timers' 
Lew Hilton 
(Two to fill) 


C ft H3 Fr»b»»l 
Crowley A Miles 
Wheeler A I'otter 
Harry White 
Florence Perry 
H B Toomer Co 
Sfpppe A (j'Neill 
<One to fill) 
"Old TinuTs" 

2d hnlf 
Arrh Si V.>ri 
Harry Wafklns 
Donald KLst'-rs 
omcfr llytnnn 
Morion Jewoll Tr 

2d half 

Tv«o Zarrell 
Hajtel Crosby 
Steppe A O'Neill 
Daley A Berlew 

Lincoln Square 

Lewis A Brown 
Corinne Arburkle 
SchaefTtr W A C 
Armstr'ng A Jamos 
AruDty Bros 

2d half 
The GaudHmifhs 
•<J«r.loo A Delmar 
Ilodge A Lowt.-ll 
Jack Strauss 
bolhw',11 Brown C>j 

Clreelpy Sgunre'g A Neville 
Flo icing 

Cook A Vernoa 

Shea A Carroll 


Road to Vaudeville 


Frank Hartley 
Allen A Jones 
Cronin A Hart 
Fred LaReine Co 
(One to fill) 

2d half 

Mack A Reading 
Dreon Sis 
6 Troubadours 
(One to fill) 


Alex Bros A B 
Kennedy A Davis 
Una Clayton Co 
Exposition Jub 4 
Cosalar A lieaslcy 2 

2d half 
Armstrong A NeV 
Rublnl A Rosa 
"Honeymoon Ship" 
Tuck A Clare 
Songs A Scenes 



Edwards A Edw'ds 
Dillon A Milton 
Kckert A McDonald 
Harry Antrim 
Yoho Japs 

2d half 
Elgin Bros 
B A V Morrlssi'y 
Moore A Elliott 
Daley A Burch 

Dillon A Milton 
Eckert A MrDon'ld 
Harry Antrim 
Yoho Japs 



Rawles A Oilman 
Phil Davis 
Jennings A Davis 
Don Valerlo Co 
Broken Promises 
Nat Burns 

2d half 
Mack A Nelson 
Sweet Mceiey A H 
Clay Crouch Co 
Clnco A Clo 



Turner Bros 
CAT Harvey 
Let's Go 

Brady A Mahoney 
Ells Saltl Co 



Roma Duo 
Mack A Dean 
Qulnn A Caverly 
Page A Gray 
Doganny Troupe 



2d half 
JAB Altkea 
Carlton A Tate 
Roberts A Boyne 
Wilson A Larsea 
H Green A Band 


2d half 
Obala A Adrlenne 
Ubert A Carlton 
Hart Wagner A B 


Rose A Dell 
Lee Mason Co 
Calvin A O'Connor 
"Poster Girl" 
Royal Pekinese Tr 


Will A Blondy 
Brown A Elaine 
M Russell Co 
L W Gilbert 
E Gllmore Co 


Keefer A Kewple 
Hilda LeRoy 
Chas McDonald Co 
Anger A Adelon 
Martin A Boise 

2d half 
Copper A Seamon 
N A O Verga 
Duray A Sarll 
Billy Doss 
Elliott Johnson Co 


Blla LaVall 
Billy Barlows 
"Betty Wake Up** 
LaTour A Elliott 
May McKay's Rot 

NEWARK. N. t, 


Forrest A Church 
Dan Downing 
Seymour A Tatea 
Green A Blyler 
Chas Ahearn Co 



Tom Mills 
Thornton 81s 
Fagg A White 
Patsy Doyle 
Roy Harrah Co 

2d half 
Keefer A Kewple 
Hilda LeRoy 
Chas McDonald Co 
Anger A Adelon 
Martin A Boise 



The RockoB 
Arnold Grazer 
I^aHoen A Dupr'ce 
Miller Parker A S 
F HtafTord Co 


Margot A Francois 
LaFollette Co 
MoCormark A W 
Stanley Hughee Co 


Brown A Taylor 
Roy Hamlin A ^ 
Ishikawa Japs 


Russell A Hayes 

Jack A ReddF 

Carle A Inea 
Fred Gray 2 
Around the Clock 


Mack A Nelson 
Sweet McC'Iey A H 
Clay Crouch Co 
Cinco A Clo 

2d half 

Nat Burns 
Rawles A Oilman 
Phil Davis 
Broken Promises 
Jennings A Dorney 
Don Valerlo Co 



1st half 
Mack A Brantley 
Reedor A Armstr'g 
Grew A Pates 
Bert Lewla 
"Sunbeam Follies" 



Leach I.4iQulnlan S 
Downing A Whlt'g 
Texas Quinan 

Bender A Armstr'g 



1st half 
JAB Altken 
Carlton A Tate 
Roberts A Boyne 
Wilson A Larsen 
U Green A Band 



LaBelge Duo 
A A L liarlow 
Gordon A Healy 
Criterion 4 
Phil Adams Co 



2d half 
Mack A Brantley 
Reeder A Armstr'g 
Grew A Pates 
Bert Lewis 
Sunbeam Follies 



Howard A Bruce 
Driscoil Long A H 
Morgan A Grey 
Fossman A Sloane 
Jonla's Hawallana 




Tiller Sis 
Jack Lyle 
Burnham A P 
Anges McPhersoB 

2d half 
Davis A Maok 
Lew Rico 

6 Stellas 



Marloe A ThurstOB 
Waters A I<ee 

2d half 
Terminal 4 
4 Roses 



"HE KNOWS** ^ 




The World's Foremost Mlnature Star. 

Booked Solid: Orphenm aad Keith 


Raymond A Ljta 
(One to flit) 


Franc A Strtckl'nd 
Doris A Lyons Sis 
Davla A Rich 
Rialng Oeneratioa 



The Masons 
Beck A Stona 
Alice Remsea 
Little Caruao Oe 
Wood A White 



Fatlma LaRoche Ob 
Fenwlck Girls 
Hayes Lynch A ■ 
C Lloyd Co 
Almaa A Harvejr 
Stanley I 



Harry Tsnda 
4 Roses ^ 

Terminal 4 * 

2d half 
Waters A Lee 
Marlowe A Th'rst'H 
D Darling Co 





"Bits Dance Hits" 
(Two to fill) 
2d half 



Laura Marah 
Knight A June 
Four Kings A Da« 




"What We Can Do'» 


AUman A Nevlns 
Stuart Girls Co 
Glfford A Morton 


New Grand 

(July 14-11) 
Laura Marsh 
Knight A June 
Four Kings A Dad 




Stuart Girls Co 

Glfford A Morton 

2d half 
Lee Hlng Chin 
Three Melvln Bros 
(Ons to fill) 


The Vanderbllta 
Pearce A^Dunn 
W H Armstrong Ca 
Eddie Hill 
Waidr'n A Winslow 
L An<^erson Playerg 
Jada Trio 
J Bersac's Circus 
(One to fill) 



Blaney A WhlU 
Casson A Klem 
Chas DeLand Co 

2d half 

"Bits Dance Hlts'^ 
(Oas to fill) 


(The Pantages Circuit bills, at th4 
request of the circuit, are printed 
herewith In the order of their travel. 
The Pantages shows move over thB 
circuit Intact. Htretofore the Pan* 
tages bills were published with th« 
cities in alphabetical order.) ^ 



(Saturday opening) 
Delmar A Lee 
Conn A Hart 
Al Jennings Ca 
Valentine Vox 
Cornelius A Vaaee 


Psge A Oreea 
Fulton A Burt 
Gallarlnl 81s 

aonlalt) '^ 
Crane Sis 
S Belmonts 
Colldonia 4 
Willard Jarvis Re# 
Wlllard Mack Co 



Lyle A Emerson 
Victoria A Dupre^ 
Charlie Murray 
Springtime Frlvs 
Ferry Conway Co 





PUybig SUU Ctrealt tt Eaglaad. 


Lorner Glcls 
Walter Weema 



(Same bill plays 
Ilclrna It) 
Gordon Wilde 
Ward A King 
Bob Wills 
"Indoor Sports" 
(One to fill) 




(Same bill plays 

Anaconda 12, Mis* 


Paatagee * 

'Xast Rehearsal** 
Homer 81a | 

Fred Berens i 

larlsh A Peru 
SchiCti's Ma'netteg 



O'Hanlon A Z b'nl 
Bom Pender Tr 
Jim Thornton 
Gladys Green 
Coscia A Verdi 



I'ettit Family 


(Continued on Page.SS) 


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It has been one-fifth of a century of construc- 
tive administration, resulting from the ceaseless 
industry of the officers and directors of the 
corporation; fostered by their associates on the 
$tage and in the executive and production 
divisions of the concrete burlesque institution 


After twenty yectrs the foundation of burlesque is impregnable 
— the superstructure is loftier and stronger, than ever, before 



Friday. Ju 






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Flatbush Ave. 


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Miner's in the Bronx 

3rd Avenue at 149th St. 

Miner's Empire Theatre 

Newark, New Jersey 


in conjunction with 



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Was been with the Columbia 20 yecnrs and hopes to remain 20 years longer, and enjoy the benefits of asso* 

ciation with the greatest amusement organization in America. 






Will Be Presented on the Columbia Circuit 

Permanent Address 
Columbia Amusement Co. Building, 47th Street and Broadway, New York City 








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Henry G. Jacobs 

John G. Jermon 







Friday, July 7. 1»2S 




on ItM 20th Anniversary 





Broadway Brevities 




Congratulations to the Columbia Amusernent Company on the 20th Anniversary of its existence and hearty 

good wishes for the future 



Friday, July 7^1W2 
















George Jaff e 







Address aU commumcatloiu: ACADEMY THEATRE, PITTSBURGH, PA. 












706 Columbia Theatre Building; New York City 


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1571 Broadway 











Fftdar, July 7, l«8s 












Congratulations to the Colombia 'Amusement Co. and best wishes for the future 





The Show of the Century 

Pretty Girls— Laughter — Pep \ 


May the Columbia Amusement Company thrive in the future as it has in the past 20 years ! 

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Friday. July 7. 1921^ 









I will again present my own show on the Columbia Circuit next season. One of the big features will be a gen 

sational dramatic playlet, in two scenes, entitled ''The Woman in the Dark." 

Can use a rube or eccentric comedian; an Italian comedian who can do a specialty; a good dancing act (mail 
and woman), and a few more chorus girls. Must be young and pretty, experience unnecessary. Highest sal' 
ary paid. Everything furnished, including sleepers. Write, care Variety, New York. 


Heartiest Congratulations 









Address: SAM HOWE 

Room 1012, Columbia Theatre Building, Broadway and 47th St., New York City Phone Bryant 1215 

w Fri< 

mam" rmt 

Friday, July 7, 1922 



The Chateau Frontenac 


A Canadian Pacific Hotel 


In 1608, France came to Quebec. Built an 
old-world town. Walled ft in. Then on a 
lordly rock put the Chateau St. Louis — from 
which to rule St. Lawrence and the New 
JVorld. i -k^N*.' 

f Today, 'tHc medieval town is still t'urc. 
fThc ancient battlements frown <U)wn upon it. 
But on the rock stands a greater banmial 
'castle — the Chateau Fronten.ic. Its towers 
and turrets are toluns of hos])itality. Its 
corridors and dianilnrs art* abodts of com- 
fort. The ramparts in front are b-'c nir a 
promenade f;)r fashion. . , . 

' The remarkable poiJulaiily of \hv Chr'vwk 
Frontenac is such that the liuiidmi: is biing 
enlarged, arid its c- ] • city doubled, by tlu* ad- 
dition of a majestic cviUral tower, wbic'i will 
be completed next year. 

Come up this Suqimer or Fall. Knjoy 
American sports and social life in an Kuro- 
pean setting. Only an overnight run. Make 
reservati(»ns now. Canadian Pacific Oflficc, 
44th Str({': and Madison Avenue, New York. 
In Cbicago. at MO So. Clark Street. Or 
Chateau b'.cn.eiu.c, <^'ucbec, Canada. 

Congratulations to the Columbia Amusement Col on its 20th Anniversary 







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We have done business with the COLUMBIA AMUSEMENT 
CO. for 20 years. Every year has been a milestone of progress. 

The foundation of the COLUMBIA AMUSEMENT CO. is 
built on honesty, fair dealing and decency. We are in a position 
to know these facts, and, in these trying times, they are gratifying 
and pleasant to us. 

Further than this, the COLUMBIA AMUSEMENT CO. has 
always been on the alert to give the American public clean, whole* 
isome and smart entertainment. 

In all our vast experience in building productions there is no 
organization that keys us up to a higher pitch of artistic achieve- 


Lee Lash Studio 

Established 1892 





Toledo's Newest and Largest Hotel 

Fiv« hundred rooms of solid comfort, located in the heart of 
the shopping and theatrical district. 






/XRicst W every week 
by Subscribing for it 

The surest way. You don't have to depend upon nev/sstand 
if a regular subscriber to Variety. 

Subscription, $7 yearly ; $3.50 six months. 
Foreigni $8 yearly; $4 six months. 
Special Summer Rate: $2 three months. 







H. MAHIEU and CO. 

CoatumeM — Original Creations — Perfect Workmanship 

110 West 47th Street 



f\nm-J/>e0ri9'na/-mi ADJUSTER 

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voi-kH. in Hip lulvncy of your own r«i>m ami without interferlnn with your (tally fioMjpail'"i. 
V ti ((»n r-m.«.|y y.ur ni-al IrrcBul.irltjr. No nc <! for costly, painful oiteratloni. ANITA NOSE 
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i.irafortabic n.ljuster lilglily riTonimc^KJed by pliyslrinn* for frurtured or mlsHhaixin nos^in. S.lf 
.•iitJust:il>Je. N.» nrtwu. No Dutal parts. <;ontl., porom. nrin and prrfcrtly comfirtTiMo. 
Wnia todny fur FREE Nok. ' lluppy I>ays Ahc!\<l." and owr blflnk to Jill out for sirca. J5e- 
iiim blank to u% and your noae adjuMer can Iw pnld for when it n'achc. you. 

Friday, July 7, 1922 








The Columbia Amusement Company upon its 20th Anniversary and hearty good wishes for its con- 
tinued prosperity x, 






That ha8 worked diligently, intelligently 
and successfully throughout its 20 years of 



Stenmnhip •ccomnodttttoBa anraniccd on all LInca, at Main Office 

Prlcea, Doata are voinc very tnlli arrange early. PorelKn Money 

boatfht and sold. Liberty Bonds bonffht and sold. 

PAUL TACSIG A SON. 104 Baat 14th St., New York. 
Phonei Stnyyewant «13n-ftl37 






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Etistnre S. Townley, hoad of tlir- 

NCithvrn A Southern Music Co.. 

Inc.. ha.s bc^n iftmporarlly cr.jf^'nf'f' 

t- I'liil t'onro (Piul roncf I'ubllrri- 

ilonsj fronn (ll-itrn>utlnp "Th<> riaj- 

I'^jT* aojig publlf-hcd by Townley 

I'once claims an exclusive pfliinK 

aK*^r)cy apr'c mrnt, W ' Northern <v 

, .*^"outhmi TO r«(Mlvo c^nts for 

I ovf'ry rr»j)y no'd Tcvnley 1m al- 

|]».^» j 10 If dl.--r.hur:r:;-' tls" "n 

his own m v;olation ot ihc agree- 

ment. Ar^'umrnt on thr pormnnr rrt 
injunction will be heard next wtt-k. 

Maurice Ro««*'n is now r(t>rf 
,T H. K« mick & Co.. in I'liiladclphia. 

Ar^',)m»'nt why Perry P.nnlfdrd 
.•■ho'ild i^noi bo punished for fori- 
•"TTif»t ()t court as a result of a 
!«-rnp(Mary injunctir»n awarded L« nj 
I"(iwl»r was hpard . bvf«)re Justat- 
.MaiHh^-la.^t w«-.'k wiio j-cscrvfd dr- 
M.-jon. FowWi'H coiiipOHilion. * Ii« 
May 13c Your ^J4n IJut He Comes to 

.'^ec Mp Sometimcf," was alleKed as 
unauthorizediy vmdfd arid exploited 
by Pradford. A temiiorary injunc- 
tion waa prantet' tlu- j-onfiwrltcr on 
hi« e<<mplaint to the court. 

Evelyn Nesbit wlm lia8 been danc- 
ing, at the V'Hl Tavern, the cabaret 
afta<r.«d to th" Hotel La Marno, 
Atlantic City, li.iv end- d her cnt^a^e- 
nu lit 'h*ro. An nrirurnent with the 
proprietor in ihe. rca-son. 



Friday. July 7. 1828 Tj 




Playing the Columbia Wheel Next Season 





498 Columbia Theatre Bldg.; New York City 

Phone Bryant 7871 



All matter In 


refrm to current 

wr<*k uiileH* 








Thratre Rids. 


It wasn't vaudeville the first half 
this wei'k at the Chateau. It seemed 
aa though just live acts, any five, 
were called upon to keep the house 
open. The arrangement was about 
as good as it could have been, even 
though there wasn't much to ar- 
range. This house stays open all 
year. Harry Berry and Miss labored 
through a singing routine, abetted 
by a piano played by the Miss and 
likes played by both. It is po.ssibly 
a No. 2 for small time, and even 
then the numbers chosen and 
routining require rehashing. Del- 
bridge and Oremmer, man and 
woman, brought in more music. 
They are polished in their manner 
of presentation. A few stories by 
the man went well, while the sing- 
ing of both was pleasing. Lorraine 

Kvon presented the almost human 
(Jo'.den Canary Dird. Miss Evon 
plays the violin and does bird calls 
on it. prompted by the audience, the 
canary following with the same 
calls. Bert Home and Betty Wager, 
in a song and talk skit called "In 
Ued" next to shut. The mainstay 
was their singing. The talk is 
meaningless. Their value and talent 
lies in .«iny;jng. and this is sufficent, 
if they will utilize it more. V'aiial 
and Zormaine closed the bill with 
a series of interpretative dance 
character work. The act is well 
costumed and the stage .settings are 

"Bob Mu. phy and 

the ne.v 

way. Bob Murphy bills his three 
people act. came next, possibly/be 
cause of the confidence plac^^d/in his 
act it would give the bill a .snappy 
comedy .'^tart. If this was the pur- 
pose, Mu^rphy measured up every 
inch to expectations. Outside of 



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CLARk.^t LAWRENCE. Continuous Danc»ng—Vaudyville. 

this, he has a corking act, designed 
for a much better spot than No. 2. 
Murphy called upon his pipes often 
and he got under the skin with his 
singing. In his support Is an un- 
billed miss, a radiant ray of sun- 
shine, smiles, personality plus. 
Murphy has some good material in 
her, which will boast of a high 
polish after a little working out. 
The third member of this trio ap- 
pears in an Eskimo scene. The man 
Just speaks a few lines In Hebrew. 
Bob Murphy clamored over to a hit. 

Donald Kerr and EfTle Weston, 
with Lou Handman at the piano, 
danced to solid approbation. Kerr, 
with his fashion plate appearances 
and dress, and his unique style of 
dancing, fell into the good graces 
of tho crowd. Jack Osterman. an- 
other young comer, followed. It has 
been some time since the Majestic 
housed Osterman, and gince his last 
appearance he has taken a fling in 
musical comedy, being In "Molly 
Darling." He has endless admirers 
and they urned out for him. calling 
him back for a speech. Moran and 
Mack followed AtwiU. It was a hard 
thing to do, but Moran and Mack 
plodded along, gained momentum, 
and won out. Klutlng's Entertain- 
ers suffered the disadvantage of 
closing to an audience of backs. 
Kluting has trained cats to leap, 
dogs to do tricks, rabbits to hurdle, 
and pigeons to play with the cats. 
Those who waited were well repaid. 




626 State-Lake Building, CHICAGO 






Billy Watson 




_ ALSO OWNER - jt ^ 

Orpheum and Lyceum Theatres 


"ELI," the Jeweler 


Aperlal Discount to rrrfurm^rii 


State-Lake Theatrr Bldc<. 

Groand Floor 

'We congratulate the 




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It is our sincere hope that the organization will 
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that everybody associated with the impregnable 


ill be even more closely affiliated with it when the Fortieth 
Anniversary rolls around. 




Five minutes' walk from Murray Hill Station, Flushing, L. I. R. R« 

' .lE,:a;::i!«. SILL'S HOTEL 

Broadway and 13th 8tr««t 
Flushing^ L. I. 


N the Direct Road of the North Shore of Long Island, 
and quickly accessible from the Heart of New York. 
It can be reached on the way to the BELMONT RACE 
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Sands Point, Plandome, Manhasset, Port Washington, Roslyn, 
Sea Cliff, Oyster Bay and all the beautiful suburbs along the 





Wliere Hospitality W e I c o m • • 
and Good Food prepared by an 
Experienced Chef is the Standard 


Ntwiy Furnished Roenfia for 

Bachelora Only. 

Special Rates for Season. 

The current bill stood up real well 
at the Orpheum with the Harry 
Carroll revue held over for its third 
week. All of the turns excepting 
the opening and closing acts and 
Bill Robinson (colored) had big 
type billing. Robinson was next to 
closing and on his hit was entitled 
to billing. He stopped the show 

''for The Boudoir 


\ Pookktl^RGq uestJ 


eclipsing In applause everything 
anyone had got ahead of him. 

The running order was switched 
from the programing. Milder Har- 
ris (Chaplin), In "Movie Mad," head- 
lined. She looked pretty and her 
delicate style In an easy role some- 
what impressed. S. Miller Kent and 
Lavina Shannon gave the support 
Miss Harris had to have. The play- 
let serves its purpose for what is 
presumed to be a name attraction 
from the films. 

Leo CarrUlo, with a new batch 
of character storie.i, held over and 
repeated big. Carrillo has a com- 
pelling personality and is perpetu- 
ally popular. Flo Lewis with allur- 
ing costumes and a pretty drop got 
over from the start. Her Impres- 
sions of female stars and at the 
women's clubs are sprightly and a 
finished manner of putting them 
over registered In no uncertain way. 
Her encore, however, with iease 
Greer at the piano, could be drpppod 
to advantage. 

Martin and Moore closed the 
show with a nifty collection of 
aerial stunts that held the house 
entirely in. Chong and Rose Moey 

got away satisfactorily through their 
Cakewalk finish. They had the op- 
ening spot. Through Carroll being 
held over a couple of turns under- 
lined did not show. 




istern Dry Cleaning C 

Theatrical Work Our 

The Golden Gate (Orpheum, Jr.) 
has but a fair bill this week. San- 
try and Norton, who closed with 
"The O'Brien Girl," were added, but 
the couple did not appear to be 
prepared and passed away lightly. 
Barclay and Chain slkl over to a 
neat reception next to closing. Their 
burlesque mind reading and trav- 
estied, illustrated songs with nutty 
slides, were howls. 

Frav;ley and Louise were the only 
other turn on the bill to record a 
real success. Bill Frawley had them 
laughing nearly all of the time and 
he and his pretty red haired partner 
became strong favorites. Karl Karey 
had a medley of songs at the piano 
in the No. 2 position, to fair re- 
turns. Bobbie Gordone was liked In 
her picturesque posings. Mrs. Wal- 
lace Rcid and Co. headlined in Ethel 
Clayton's crook playet, "The Blue 
Flame," with Miss Clayton handling 
the same featured role as when the 
sketch played the Pantapes circuit. 
Mrs. Reid (nee Davenport) capably 
took care of the lesser role and was 
graciously received. 

Business is nicely holding up at 
the Golden Gate. 

The Hadley 
Show Print Co 

Northwestern Ohio's Largest Show 



T/fe Chateau Laurter 

City Island, N. Y, 

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Beautifully) Decorated Wonderjul Orchestra 

Excellent Shore Dinner at $2.50 and exquisite a la 

Carle service 

Julius Keller William Werner 

Frank W. Stafford and Co.. in 
"Rip Van Winkle's Dreams," top the 
bill at Loew's Warficld, current. A 
bearded dwarf, a woman, trained 
dog and mountain setting are Staf- 
ford accessories. It scored most- 
ly through Stafford's whistling and 
imitations of animals and birds. 
Miller, Packard and Selz are a cou- 
ple of men with old gags doing 
comedy and a girl with a deep voice. 
They were next to closing, got 
.laughs and substantially scored. Le 
Hoen and DuPreece with talk and 
songs, while each tried at marks- 
manship, pleased In the middle of 
the show. A ballad by the man 
drew real applause. 

Arnold Grazer In the uniform of 
a naval officer exhibited some versa- 
tility. He plays the piano and cor- 
net besides singing well and had 
a dance arrang'^ment for the finish 
that concluded with a toe dance 
which hit. Mario Racko and part- 
ner, a lift act, opened the show. 

Business Is away off at the War- 
field and it Is said the house Is 





i/IONE MARTI irri «"rf »« qijches 

Formerly of Maxima's, Parlii: Cafo d* Paris. Monte Carlo; and Venetian Gardens, 
Montreal. Recorder* for Victor Recorda In Canada. 

Come and spend a pleasant evening at TROMMER'S 


Corner Conway Street 



713-17 Jefferson Avenue 


Compliments of 



running at a loss. It Is expected to 
change policy to straight pictures 
when the Loew interests finally dis- 
solve their connection in all houses 
with Ackerman & Harris, the firm 
taking the present coast houses ex- 
cepting Warficld and State, I^os 
Angeles, with those two theatres 
going In for pictures, while the A. & 
H. houses will continue pop vaude- 
ville and pictures, booked direct by 
the A. Sc H. agency. 

The New Shubert-Curran's open- 
ing date is set for Aug. 28. The new 
theatre adjoins the Columbia. If 
has a seating capacity of 1,850. 

Artie Frahm, formerly assistant 
manager at the Casino, has been en- 
gaged as treasurer of the new Mo- 
rosco's Casino. 







$15 PER 100 

E. A. Schiller, general manager 
for Marcus "Loew, arrived here last 
week for a stay of several days to 
wind up Loew's business with Ack- 
erman & Harris. Isadore Pry of 
Ivoew's, Inc., legal department was 
with Schiller. 

in dialog and situations. The indls- 
creetness is due to a desire on the 
part of the author to make kiughs 
where not needed. Two other faults 
are noticeable in the play. The cli- 
max of the second act is premature- 
ly announced and there Is a certain 
grossness in the first act's account 
of the leading man's method of rid-* 
ding himself of a vampire wife. On 
the whole, "Good Morning, Caro- 
line," is refreshing In that it pos- 
sessee novelty of plot, and the per- 
formance given by the Fulton Play- 
ers was worth while. With the sin- 
gle exceptions of the colored butler, 
George Hand, and the amateurish 
maid of Eleanor Martin's, the per- 
formance was flawless. Wilbur has 
written a talkative role for the lead, 
but It is a feeding role, and the chelf 
comedy goes to a martinet mother- 
in-law, delightfully portrayed by 
Anna McNaughton. The piece is 
done in three acts with two sets and 
was nicely mounted 


Will King will get ready a cut- 
down version of his comedies and 
with a smaller company play several 
week at Pantagos, Los Angeles. At 
the con'^lusion ho will ag.'iin go un- 
der the banner of Ackerman & Har- 
ris, with whom he has signed a five 
years' contract. 

Crane Wilbur produced the second 
of his new plays at the Fulton, Oak- 
land, last week entitled "Good 
Morning. Caroline," a farce with 
which Wilbur and .Mllo. Caubet fea- 
tured. The farce has possibilities, 
but is more than a trifie indiscreet 

Bp«flMl a Wtm Wceka to ' 


and DUNN 

, If you ar* laying off on the Coant 
lor ptnnninK to m\\<-r\<\ a r«w weeks to 
ICallfornla come and aea ua. 

The Affenry of P«nt«nal Coort«B7 


Theatre indff. 



Theatre Uldf. 



Beat Wishes to 


Dody and Morris 

1591 Broad way» New York 



Friday, July 7. 192| 













Majestic Theatre 


^^ ON THE 





Extends Its Congr emulations to the 



And Hopes That the Columbia Wheel Will Continue to Revolve 
Smoothly and Successfully for the Future €is in the Past 



(Continued from page 13) 
Roblo'8 "Knickerbockers." "High 
Rollers," Dessauer ana Dixon's "In- 
nocent Maids," "Parisian Widows." 
Sam T. Jack's "Tenderloiners," 
•'Ramblers' Club," Harry Bryant's 
"Australians," Mack and Robie's 
"World Beaters," "Parisian Belles," 
"Sporty Widows" and "Little 

The burlesque shows cxtondlnK 
from 1870 to IDOO played in interior 
theatres for the bettor part, moMuy 
houses that had gone down In the 
theatrical scale, with burlesque as 
the final stop, before abandonment 
by the management. While there 
was a steady in.provemcnt in the 
<iuality oC the show throughout the 

1800-1890 period, and extending 
along until around 1895, burlesque 
was still rated as a stag entertain- 
ment, for the better part of tno 
shows were frankly crude and 
filled with ginger, showinar no in- 
clination to try for any other type 
of audience than the ones it had 
catered "to for years. 

With the advent of Harry Morria' 
"Night on Broadway" in 1902. a new 
era started for burlesque. Around 
this period Weber and FifM:-; 
gave burlesque another l)oo.«it up- 
ward by taking over the old Im- 
perial music hall at l.'9th street and 
Broadway and rennmint it W^eber 
and Fields' Music Hall. Thia was 
burlesque, denpito any other name 
It miKht have been called by zealous 
presB agents. The entertainment 

given at Weber and Fields by a 
company recruited partly from bur- 
lesque, but mostly from the higher 
levels of the legitimate and musical 
comedy fields of the day did con- 
siderably more to raise the level of 
all burlesque than generally au- 
mltted or realized. 

Burlesque Is now distinctively an 
American type of entertainment, 
the only one Of the many divisions 
of theatricals that can lay claim to 
tho distinction. The present day 
shows have chj»r,god c(»n.sitJerably 
from the old time shows, but the 
essence of the entertainment is the 
same, comedy and girls at a moder- 
ate admission »calj and tilling a 
distinct and Individual niehe In the 
scheme of American theatricals. 










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(Continued from page 12) 
though no credit has ever been taken 
away from Mr, Bedini for the excel- 
lent entertainment he put together, 
of which Clark and McCuUoiigh were 
but a part. It Is only a few weeka 
ago Variety reported "Chuckles" had 



• B. eor 38tk A B*««raT, N * V- C 

made even a bigger hit in London 
than over he;e. 

The Gerard show has been purely 
head work, Mr. (Itrard has been 
as.'^oclated with the Miner.s, a theat- 
rical firm of theatre owners, pro- 
ducers and co.«!metic manufacturers, 
founded by the late Congressman 
Henry C. Miner, a famous figure In 
the show world of his day, and now 
continued by Lieut. H. Clay Miner, 
the .Congressman's son, at its head. 
Liberal and progressive, the Miners 
took the reins off when handing 
their burlesque productions to Ge- 
rard to produce, and Gerard justified 
their judgment. The Miner-Gerard 
shows have been a credit to the 
wheel, and the Gerard show, "Fol- 

Strand Studio 


Strand Theatre Building, 1579 Broadway 


Appreciating the generous patronage of the Columbia Amusement Com- 
pany and wishing it continued prosperity. 

lies," this summer was the last wheel 
show to slop, but a short time ago, 
ending a summer run at the Gayety, 
Boston, after it had been selected 
and rejected for the summer run at 
tbe Columbia, New York. The show 
put in for the summer at the Colum- 
bia, New York, had the shortest lun 
of the annual event In that house 
since "The Merry Whirl" set a rec- 
ord in that hot -weather engagement 
10 years ago. 

Yet perhaps the oddest matter In 
connection with the Columbia shows 
of all times has not been recorded, 
although a Variety review once, in a 
sort of inside fashion, related It, but 
not as importantly as It should have 
been and was. Variety's reviewers 
commenced to pound the Columbia 
for permitting its female favorites 
to remain in the headlight ranks too 
long. No names were mentioned, to 
save personal feelings, but the bur- 
lesque bunch knew about who were 
referred to. Many of these burlesque 
women favorites had husbands who 
were their managers or producers of 

the shows thoy appeared in. The 
husbands were much aggrieved. 
They considered the Variety notices 
personal assaults. But as much of 
the agitation against elderly women 
who had outlived their usefulness as 
drawing cards was printed as parts 
of reviews when the shows with the 
women In tlietn came along, or com- 
mented upon perhaps the following 
week in a retrospective manner, the 
agitation really was held within the 
closest circles of burlesque. BeU» 



Business at the Ohio, where the 
McLaughlin Repertoire Co. is firmly 
entrenched, has been a big clean up. 
Capacity has been the rule, par- 
ticularly during the past week when 
"Tiger Rose," with Marjorle Camp- 
bell in the title role and Bernard J. 
McOwen as leading man, both 
specially engaged. Next, "Here 
i Comes the Bride," with Bernard J. 
McOwen held over. 

players July 10 with "La, l^a, 
Lucille.' DiuiiiK tliis engagement 
"What s In It For Me." a n<.'W pro- 
duction will be given its premieie. 

Eva Tanguay is this week at the 
Rainbow Gardens, showing twice 

Films — Allen, "Mr. Tainea of 
New York"; State, "The Crossroads 
of New York"; Alhambra, "fc?onny"; 
Stillmnn. "Footfalls"; Park and 
Mall, "The Infldel"; Rialto, "Re- 
ported Missing"; Standard, "The 
Delicious Little Devil." 




Original and Novelty 
-^^— Footwear 

l« ftock and madt U ordtr. 

Also stage shoes and 
toe dancing slippers a 

Our ihoM art u«cd for Moit 
•f th* iMdlnt produotlORt now 
ruRBinfl 00 Brcadway. 

MaU ardart »r«mptly Silad. 

Catalaflaa a* raauatt. 


654 Eighth Ave. New York 

It Is generally known, although 
no public announcement has been 
made, and statements have been re- 
fused by the Interested parties, that 
the Loew interests have taken over 
the AMen (picture house), giving 
them complete control of the film 


LYCEUM— Lyceum Players 
"When We Were Twenty-one." 

TEMPLE— Manhattan Players in 
"The Broken Wing.'' 

PICTURES "My Boy." PiccadiU 
ly; "Peacock Alley," Rialto. 

The Star Is still running summer 
burlesque under the management of 
Max Cohort, of the Favorite Knitting 
Mills, with Jimmy Elliott In charge. 
This week, "California Kewples." 

Keith's 105th Street reports big 
business all week, with Sternad's 
Midgets headlining. 

Olean ministers helped the car-* 
nival business hugely this week. 
Carnivals are under the ban in that 
city, so they anchor in the town- 
ship just across tbe city line. Last 
Sunday the ministers addressed an 
appeal to the young folks to shun 
them, which is just what they did 
not do. Some folks say the carnival 
press agent staged the Ktunt, but he 
did not. 

Good Luck to my Friend 

Jack Norworth starts a four-week 
engagement with the McLaughlin 

GuerrinI A Co 

Tha Laadlna aad 




la tfia Uaitad Slatai. 

Tha anly ractory 

Utat nakaa any aat 

of Rcada — Btaila t>t 


tn-t7% Calaaftai 

Baa Franttoa*. Cal 


(Issued mofithly at $15 per year) 
— is now in its eighth issue and 
you can obtain the entire issue 
from No, 1 for $9. Or any 4 for 
16. Single issues $2. Each issue 
contains the latest In monologue 
material, cross-fire routines, 
gags, parodies — and all absolute- 
ly new and original. Not large 
In size but supreme in quality. 
will xend the first 8 issues and a 
full year (12 additional issues) 
beginning with No. 9. 

1493 JBroadway New York 



The undersigned has formulated the MILTON 
for the purpose of producing the best in vaudeville 
and is prepared to contract by lease or purchase Acts 
of every description for immediate production. Au- 
thors and composers of any material that is wortli 
while are invited to submit same. 


One Thirty-seven West Thirty-eighth Street 



LEWIS and GORDON pKesent 





This Week (July 3), Keith's Orpheum, Brooklyn 

Next Week (July 10), Keith's rjvcr:,ldc, fJcW Ycrk 

ay. July 7. 1922 






Costumed by MARCEL 


WALTER L ROSEMONT music director 


Direction HARRY WEBER 



CENTURY— "The Woman Who 
[Walker Alone." 

NEW— The Spanish Jado." 

PARKWAY— "The Sleep Walker." 

Of Clementina." 

BLUE MOUSE— "The Devils Paas 

WIZARD— "North of the Rio 

GARDEN— 'For the Defense" and 
pop vaudeville. 

HIPPODROME— "The Great Ad- 
▼enture' 'and Loew vaudeville. 

MARYLAND— Keith vaudeville. 

Hopper in "The Mikado." 

The Kivoli, pictures, will close 
for two week.q. During that time a 
Kimball organ will be in.stalled. 
This house is the old Wilson the- 

Fred Waldmann 


20 yoara with the 
Columbia Amunement Co. 

•^ood luck and more power to them.* 

atre rebuilt. It has an orchestra of 
30 under the direction of Felice 
Saverlo lula and the organ Is being 
featured In performances between 
4.30 and 7.30 p. m. Two* organists 
are employed. 

Nixon's Victoria, one of vhe the- 
atres owned by the Nixon-Nirdlinger 
Co., is being rebuilt inside following 
a tire of several months ago. 

The largest crowd that has yet 
attended a performance in Carlln's 
Arena greeted DeWolf Hooper in his 
opening performance of "The 
Mikado." The performance went 
oft without a hitch and applause 
was frequent. 

a split-week basis In conjunction 
with the regular picture features. 
This will leave the Elmwood the so(e 
straight picture house in the dis- 



The Olympic, closed .since mid- 
winter, is scheduled to reopen Labor 
day with pictures. The theatre will 
be operated by the Monument 
Amu.sement Corporation, which also 
owns and operates the Lafayette 

The Regent and the Victoria, local 
neighborhood houses, will inaugu- 
rate a new picture vaudeville policy 
beginning Sept. 1. The two theatres 
will play three acts of vaudeville on 






AND -^-rr 

17 Yean With 
Frank Harden. Ine., 


Richard C. Pox has resigned as 
manager of Select Pictures here and 
will take charge of the Black circuit 
of New England picture theatres, 
recently taken over by Pasamount. 

Arthur Amm. manager of Shea's 
North Park for several years past, 
has been appointed manager of the 
new Eastman at Rochester. He will 
take up his new duties about Sept. 1. 




A Street car men's strike, embrac- 
ing every city.and suburban trolley 
line hnd including every man in the 
street car company's employ, tied 
up Huffalo completely at midnight 
Saturday. Not a wheel has turned 
since that time, although negotia- 
tions have waxed furious daily for 
a settlement. 

The effects wer«> apparent imme- 
diately upon business at all down- 
town theatres. Theatre men were 
unanimous in stating that the strike 
is a body blow to business, already 
wavering from the heat. Over 1,000 
specially licensed, taxis and 
other conveyances have been rushed 
in to take care of normal trafflc, with 
rates fixed at 10 cents per person. 
Community houses reaped the bene- 
fit early part of week. 



IMPERIAL— Vaudeville. 

LDEW'S— Pop vaudeville. 

ALLEN — Allen Concert Company. 
Feature. "Mr. Barnes of New York." 

CAPITOL— Capitol Opera Com- 
pany. Feature, "The Sin of Martha 

STRAND — Feature, "Strange 

The story reported to have 
thrown considerable light upon the 
disappearance of Ambrose J. Small, 
Toronto theatrical m.agnate. involv- 
ing a niy.sterious "Dr. Gray." his 
wife and a little hotel in this city, 
is evidently a fake. Local and 
Toronto detectives unanimously 
agree that the whole concoction was 





Sam H. Harris 






219 West 46th Street NEW YORK CITY, 

the hallucination of some imagi- 
native minds. The story was puu- 
lished here by some of the papers, 
but entirely ignored by the others. 

Five persons were seriously in- 
jured when the automobile In 
which they were driving was 
struck by a special train on the 
Canadian Bfational Railways at tae 
level crossing of the road De La 
Reparation in the town of Laval de 
Montreal, near Pointe Aux Trem- 
bles. The train was traveling to- 
wards Montreal, oearing the ap- 
paratus and stock of the Barnum 
& Bailey circus. The automobile 
was traveling north towards the 
Notre Dame de la Reparation 
Church, and the driver failed to 
see the train until he reached the 
crossing, and was unable to stop 
in time to avoid a collision. 

Troubles over love affairs are be- 
lieved to have caused William C. 
Strachan. 48 years old, to epd his 
life by closing himself in a gas- 
fllled bathroom at his home, 4a Mc» 
Gill College avenue, apartment 4. 
Strachan was found lying on the 
floor of the little bathroom in his 
one-room apartment. The door had 
been tightly closed and the gas Jet 
near the meter on the floor had 
been left' open. Strachan was 
naked except for his dressing gown, 
which he had thrown' over himself. 

In a letter which Strachnn left in 
his room were instructions that his 
body be cremated and that his 
clothing be disposed of according to 
his will. "My friends said that I 
would not do this, but I knew 
better," he said. 

The letter hinted at a love 

The suicide of "Billy" Strachan 
remc^'es from metropolitan life one 
who was a quarter of a century one 
of the most noted men about town 
and for a great part of that time 
led that part of the young sporting 
and theatrical bloods who made the 

well-known hotels, night cafes aa^l 
theatres their headquartert. 
Thrown into theatrical life, no doub| 
to a certain extent by the interest 
his family had in His Majesty's 
theatre, known previously as Proc- 
tor's, he was closely allied with 
theatrical people of a score of years 

"Billy" Strachan, as he was 
known amongst his friends, at one 
time controlled at least one season 
at His Majesty's, where the popular 
Lotta Ltnthicum starred in stock, 
and their acquaintance ripened iii 
marriage. She and Beryl Hope were 
probably the most popular stock 
actresses In Montreal in later days. 
Incompatibility of temper, however, 
resulted in Strachan and his wife 
becoming estranged. 

For some years Strachan wa.s the 
le.ssee of the Theatre National Fran- 
cais on St. Catherine street. East, 
and later on went into a sort of 
general brokerage and advertising 

At one time he was quite well-to- 
do and was always a hail fellow 
well met, never grudgint? money 
and -spending or lending it with a 
free hand. 

Of jAte it was s. :J l)i:it he was 
not doing so well financially and he 
had been away in the United States 
for quite a while; but it was under- 
stood that he had frcm his father's 
estate a certain .income for life. 






We can supply yoa with the hind of 
■onfT material yo.u want to improve your 
act and we will gladly demonstrate thos« 
which may prove available for up. We 
ftive you an opportunity to use a song 
before It Is stale. 


^^ ltOOMM04. ROMAX BLDO., 

245 West 47th St. 

(West of Firoadway) 



No. 90 

Congratulations to the 


on its 20th Anniversary 
• nd wishing it prosperity for many more years to 


1582-1584 Broadway 

Opp. Strand Theatre 

722-724 Seventh Ave. 

Opp. Columbia Theatre 




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addressed to T. DANIEL FRAWLEY 

Waldorf-Astoria, New York City, after July 7th 






ARTHUR KLEIN, General Manager 

233 West 45th Strfeet, NEW YORK CITY, 



General Executive Offices 


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New Yrok 


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(Continued from page 7) 
raged In the middle of the season 
and took it upon himself to cut loose 
from the present-day burlesque and 
ffo back to 20 years ago. He had a 
-spieler" in front of his theatre, 
Whispering to the public that there 
was a very pleasing entertainment 
going on inside; he had "spielers" In 
the orchestra shaking chemises out 
©f prize boxes, showing patrons 


llie girl I' 
•he's good 
8h« needs 
She must 
>«tter and 
•nyway or 
-AdrtrewB R 

m lookins for la not over 22, 

looking, slender, and a lady, 
the weekly |50 of her salary, 
assist In a big time act. No 

necessary. Tell all In first 
send photo. Letter answered 

photo Bent back. 

T. V. A.. Variety. New York. 

What they could get for 10 cents or 
a quarter. And everything else he 
did was about along these lines. 
Within the last week or two I've 
been in receipt of a letter from him 
in which he goes on record as say- 
ing that he knows how to conduct 
the affairs of that theatre and that 
I don't. 

I think the biggest mistake I ever 
made was when I brought one of our 
trusted employes out of the west to 
look after our interests in different 
spots and places. I expected noth- 
ing but trustworthiness and loyalty 
from him, and I got everything else. 
He came on and I sent him into an- 



Will write or farnlnh yon an act — re- 
hearse, break it in and show it. 
Come In and talk It over. 

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Other organization as our represent- 
ative. He landed in there with his 
mitt out. Somebody dropped some- 
thing into it and he went "blooey." 

I was inflicted for the past couple 
of years with a "showman" who had 
convinced me that he might "come 
through," and I had practically 
agreed to let him get into the look- 
out chair for a trial. That night I 
did possibly $100 worth of long-dis- 
tance, 'phoning from my home, and 
in piecing together the information 
I received I had all the evidence 
necessary to prove that he would 
not do in a million years. 

I have had several bumps In my 
day by disloyal friends and em- 
ployes, but my faith in human na- 
ture is still strong enough to keep 
me going with an open mind. If 
there ever should be a young man 
come along — and some day there 
will— who knows the definition of 
honesty and loyalty, and who looks 
as though he might be able to All 
the lookout chair, I'd be mighty glad 
to break him in and give him an 

Producers are a queer lot, and 
with a very few exceptions they are 
loyal. There Is no question as to 
their loyalty, because they have been 
tried and found true. And here Is a 
good place to say that producers of 
burlesque are born, and not made. • 

Just because a man has had his 
nnme hooked onto a show doesn't 
mean that he knows the production 
business, or can handle a company 
In order to get the best results from 
it. Anybody can look at the record 
of producers who have come into 




Est. Henry C. Miner, Inc. 

the Columbia, stayed a little while, 
and pone out i gain, and find proof 
•f my a.*5Fcrtlon that just because fi 
man has sold himself the Idea that 
he Is a producer is no reason that 
he can prove it. 

For Instance, we had a map on 
the Wheel for a number of years 
who produced Just ordinary shows; 
in fact, he never came through with 
a good show until last year. Last 
year, however, he did come through 
with a good show, and there was 
no living with him! He had an 
Idea that he should have been over 
at the Globe Instead of the Colum- 
bia. And his education was at our 

Columbia's 20 years of burlesque 
ends with a successful past, a sub- 
stantial present and a salubrious 
future. For the loyal ones such as 
Joe Hurtlp, Dave Marlon, Harry 
Hastings, Bill Campbell, Al Reeves, 
Mollie Williams, Sam Howe, Bluch 
Cooper, Billy W^Us, and the rest of 
the steadfast supporters of Colum- 
bla, we have nothing but praise and 

We greet the new producers, who 
have Joined since the days when 
the Wheel was establishing itself, 
with assurance of our regard. To 
Albert de Courvllle, Jean BodinI, Sim 
WiUiam.s, Jimmy Cooper, Rube 
Bernstein, Joe Maxwell, Ed Daly, 
Fred Clark, Sam Sidtnan, Maurice 
Cain, Lou Talbot and Iho rest, we 
say: stick loyally, do your work as 
best you know how and you may 
depend upon our support in all par- 

There comes now a final word in 
remembrance of the good show- 
men, firm friends and lovable men 
who have been called to their higher 

reward since the Columbia Wheel 
was established. The list is dis- 
,tressingly long and we pause in 
reverence for such producers as 
Charles Barton, Frank Culder, Tom 
BaiTy, Billy Ballauf, John Isham, 
Bob Fulton, Maurice Jacobs, Harry 
Martell, Jim Lowry, George Rice, 
Robert Mundiester, Will Drew, 
Louis Roble. Harry Morris, Peter Si. ' 
Clark, Ben Hurtig and Abo Leavitt, 
More than a score of theatre own- 
ers we played for in the early days 
of Columbia have passed away. 
The list Includes some of the great- 
est names in the history of vaude- 
ville and burlesque: Harry Minef, 
J. L. Kernan, Hughie Kernan, H. W, 
Williams, James J. Butler, J. Bolton, 
Whipenny, Tom Grenlcr, Tom 
Mlaco, Oscar Miller, Gus Wegefarth, 
Louis Behman, Richard Hyde, Ben 
Leavitt, George H, Batcheller, Sr.; 
Frank Carr, Frank V. Dunn, Tom 
Dinklns, William A. Baker, George 
J. Kraus, Doc Campbell, Sam T. 
Jack, Mrs. Smith of Grand Rapids, 
Hubert Heuck and John Whalen. 


(Continue dfrom page 9) 
those expenditures must be met 
every week right through the sea- 
son, regardless of business condi- 
tions. Art is adn^irable in its way, 
but there are more instances of 
starvation following stage art than 
of plethoric bank balances. So far 
as I am concerned I do not hesitate 
to say I would prefer an A-1 rating 
for our theatres in Bradstreet's and 
Dun's than have a laurel wreath 
from the greatest art institution in 
the world hanging over the win- 
dows of our box oillces. 

Theatre management Is a busl« as definite and technical as any; 
other business. That Is the busi* 
ncss the Columbia Amusement Com** 
pany Is engaged in and our ambi- 
tions begin and end in bringing suc« 
cess to our business. 



Rcglna Wallace appears with the 
Stuart Walker Co. in "Cornered" at 
the Murat this week. ' 

American Legion sponsored show- 
ing of "Cardlgui?' at the Circle this 
week. v^ 

The Lltflfe'Theatre Society of In- 
diana is trying to sell 3.000 shares of 
stock at $10 for erection of their 
proposed $30,000 theatre.' 

The second municipal open air 
theatre was to open in Garfield park 
Thursday night. Walter McDonald, 
formerly of the Vletoria IMaycrs, 
and Florence Lewin, from the liaw- 
klns-Wcbb Co., are to play loads. 
The park board has voted O. Carlton 
Guy $100 a week extra for betwcen- 
act specialties at both theatres, 

Sunday closing advocates were 
given a Jolt at . Huntington, Ind., 
when John Hefferman, manager of 
the Jefferson, movies, was acquitted 
in circuit court. He was charged 
wMh violating the Indiana blue law 
prohibiting operating of anything 
but businesses absolutely necessary 
to public welfare. 


U9 W. .^Sth St.. N. 1. 
Phone VMt Roy 0^14 




ivet and plush 

Phone BRYANT 2695 



(Continued from page 8) 

to the exclusion ot others, either in 
the show business or any other busi- 
ness. I do not desire to imply that 
they are narrow, people. 
Most assuredly, they are not. They 
are quick, alive, eagrer to learn of 
progress, and to keep abreast of it. 
Among themselves, thoy find enough 
variety of interests and personali- 
ties to give spice to life and prevent 
It from becoming a dull, drab thing. 
There is one point that, ordinarily, 
1 would hardly think it necessary to 
touch upon in an article such as this. 
I want, however, to attempt to re- 
move a strongly rooted impression 
that burlesque people are more in- 
different to the conventions of cor- 
rect living than people in other divi- 
sions of theatrical activity. Unfor- 
tunately there are a number of peo- 
ple who are misinformed and have 
lurid ideas, fed by rumors and false 
Information, concerning the life and 
social activities of those who make 
their living in burlesque. Rumor 
is an ugly thing, and the public, 
much as it will deny it, loves its 
scandal, provided it does not come 
too near home. So, vicariously. It 
enjoys its scandal by concocting and 
spreading unmentionable things re- 
garding stage folk. It is a human 
trait, I assume, to extract pleasure 
by throwing mud at those in the 
public eye. Evidently a large part 
of the general public would not be 
happy if it were deprived of its op- 
portunity to throw mud, rightfully 
or wrongfully. 

Those who throw mud at burlesque 
people are aiming at the wrong tar- 
get! I have watched burlesque peo- 
ple carefully during the year, that 
[ have been associated with the busi- 
ness, and I want to go strongly on 
record as saying that, according to 
my observation and according to 
what I have been able to learn from 
others, there is less impropriety 
among the men and women in bur- 
lesque than exists In other branches 
of show business. I cannot make ' 
this strong enough! 

Read the papers from day to day, 
study statistics of crime! What do 
you find ? You rarely hear of a bur- 
lesque man or woman being charged 
with any kind of crime. You prac- 
tically never read of arrests of bur- 
lesque people. Dig into the records 
of divorce actions. Burlesque peo- 
ple seldom figure in them. You sel- 
dom find a burlesque man or woman 
named na a co-re.<^pondent. That s 
why it is a rank injustice to impute 
lack of correct living to women of 
burlesque and a loose moral code to 
the men. Knowing these people as 
I do, I want to say that they live 
clean, healthy, worth while lives. 

Burlesquers, as I remarked before, 
are congenial and happy in one an- 
other's company. They have their 
own social club, The Burlesque Club, 
on West 44th .street, New York, 
where they have three perfectly ap- 
pointed floors. There is a library, a 
dining room, a lounge, billiard and 
card rooms, and all other attractions 
that are to be found at a class 
club. The Burlesque Club has rules 
and regulations for its government 
which keeps It running, in general, 
after the manner of the city's best 
clubs. It provides the men of bur- 
lesque with an excellent place in 
which to spend their leisure time. 
There are also frequent alYairs and 
entertainments to which women are 
Invited. Burlesque is proud of its 

I have been In the show business 
for 40 years and during that time 
have had an opportunity to observe 
organizations, men, and methods of 
doing things. This organization 
called the Columbia Amusement 
Company, is, to my mind, the most 
perfectly adjusted business institu- 
tion I have ever observed. Without 
complications of any kind, it moves 
through the various phases of its 
work with the actual precision of 

Mr. Scribner, the general man- 
ager, gives his personal attention 
to many things. He looks after the 
routing of shows, he plans and or- \ 
ganlzes the varioue forms and 
methods employed In advertising 
th« productions. Including bill- 
boards, displays of all kinds and 
newspaper space. He plans care- 
fully and far In advance. He con- 
veys his wishes to house managers 
and company owners. In these re- 
spects there Is never any appeal 
from his decisions. So well does he 
plan, however, that there is no oc- 
casion for appeal. 

The system which keep.s things In 
burlesque moving Is really wonder- 
fully conceived and surprisingly 
maintained. There is rarely any 


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Columbus 9780 






friction and when differences of any 
kind do arise, they are taken to the 
general ofTlce and made known. A 
decision is rendered then and there, 
and ay parties interested and con- 
cerned Ko away satisfied that the 
matter has been settled amicably 
and Justly. 

From all points of consideration I 
have found the conduct of burlesque 
and its people to follow the strictest 
lines of fairness, honesty and cir- 
cumspection. BYom the very first 
day that I came into this branch of 
the theatrical profession to the 
present there have been no disap- 
pointments. Rather have there been 
surprises and pleasant ones too. 
From the directing heads of the or- 
ganization to the scene shifters In 
all the Columbia theatres, all are 
working hand in hand for the ad- 
vance of burlesque, confident, and 
proud of the fact that It Is the clean- 
est form of entertainment being pre- 
sented in this country today, and 
heartily h .ful that general recog- 
nition of this may be near at hand. 

The name burlesque, to those that 
do not take the trouble to find out, 
has odious associations which must 
and are being -Urip^d out through 
the combined efforts of all the men 
and women engaged In It. The type 
of entertainnont that Is being pre- 
sented, the methods of advertising 
that is being employed, and the 
progressive attempts to acquaint the 
public of the true nature of bur- 
lesque are bearing fruit. They will 
continue to bear fruit In the shape 
pt a larger and ever larger army of 
regular burlesque fans. 

My story is not a defence. It is 
an afTlrmatlon. 

Burlesque needs no defence. 

Eddie Dowiing has accepted a 
song by Basil Brady, "My Radio 
Girl," which will be featured In 
Dowllng's Shubert "unit," "The 
Radio Girls." The author is an ex- 
vaudcvllllan, now managing the 
Buffalo branch of the Pathe Ex- 


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EytlMi VssttilflM (Pbont U Psnn) 


DEN DWORETT, Maiia«eff 

411 Convenlenres. Vacancies Now Open. 

207 W. 40th St.— Off BVay 

Phone: BRYANT 1477-8 



The Belasco Players may con- 
tinue "Getting Gertie's Garter" for a 
third week is the main topic as well 
as a surprise to the local tlieatrc- 
goers. The cast Is giving a good 
performance, but it's the play and 
its skidding over thin ice getting 
the business. 

Keith's is holding up very well 
during the hot spell. Manager Ro- 
land Robbins is on his vacation, and 
John Chevalier, his assistant, is act- 

James Rennie drew excellent busi- 
ness to the Garrick last week in 
"Moonlight and Honeysuckle." 

Picture Houses — Columbia, "Come 
On Over"; Palace. "Reckless Youth"; 
lUalto, "The Man Unconquerable"; 
Metropolitan, "Domestic Relations." 

Representative W. D. Upshaw of 
Georgia believes that Congress 
should authorize pensions for vic- 
tims of the Knickerbocker disaster. 
The Congressman's niece was one 
of those who lost her life when the 
roof of the theatre collapsed last 
January. Representative Upshaw is 
having a bill drafted to authorize an 
appropriation of $2,000,000 and has 
a tentative promise from Chairman 
Focht of the District Committee that 
he will introduce the measure and 
byng It before his committee when 
meetings are again resumed. There 
has been considerable opposition 
already expressed against the pro- 
posed measure, as it is stated that 
It would be a bad precedent to have 
Congress grant such pensions. 

The defendants held by the grand 




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Furnished Apartments 


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jury as responsible for the disaster 
appeared during the past week be- 
fore Justice Siddons of the District 
Supreme Court and held that the 
assumption as held in the Indictment 
that the architect, contractor, build- 
er, superintendent and inspectors 
were responsible for each other's 
work makes the indictment faulty. 
It is claimed by counsel for the de- 
fendants that the contractors and 
various sub-contractors were not 
responsible for each other's work, 
as stated in the indictment, and they 
wanted to know under what specific 
law or regulation of the District they 
can be held responsible for the work 
of others than themselves. It was 
argued that no part of the contract 
specified Joint responsibility. 
The accused are Reginald W. 








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MRS. A. WIENER, Prop. 

Geare, architect; John H. Ford, iron- 
work contractor; Donald Wallace, 
foreman of the building construc- 
tion; Richard G. Fletcher, in charge 
of the cement work, and Julian R., a building Inspector. 

The Indictment holds in theory 
that each of these men knew for 
what purpose his work was belnf. 
done and that because of this they 
should have watched the work of the 
others and see that it was performed 
properly. It is charged In the Indict- 
ment that they did not erect a build- 
ing which would stand the test, and 
also failed in their duty to notify the 
owner and the public that the build- 
ing was unsafe, and thereby became 
jointly responsible for the collapse 
and the consequent loss of life. The 
hearings were continued July 5* 
when District Attorney Gordon de- 
fended the Indictment. 


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NEXT WEEK (July 10), B. F. KEITH^S Slst ST., NEW YORK 


Direction LEW COLDER 


(Continued from pa«o 10) 
-jany midway sldeshowB, Its meri- 
torious show features, its monster 
and many novel riding devices and 
jtB vast aggregate seatinj? or stand- 
ine capacity, -can and does get by, 
and often with a big balance on the 
profit side, but When a show is play- 
ing under ordinary auspices or still 
^tes, it would seem the concession 
)M not only necessary but indispen- 

The combined gross of the con- 
cession rentals with many of the 

big shows means a weelcly aggre- 
gate of several thou«ands of dol- 
lars, not including the largr sums 
of money collected from the conces- 
sion people for railroad transpor- 
tation, stateroom rentals and a hun- 
dred and one other "gyps" that 
the concession owners are mulcted 
of weekly, and the large army of 
well-paid employes they carry with 

That the concession man has been 
getting the worst of it with many 
of the shows now on the road is a 
fact. "When money wa« plentiful 
and business good there was little 
complaint. Times and conditions 
have changed. The concession man 
now finds himself staggering 
beneath the weight of a burden he 
is no longer able to carry. 

Small Towns* Just Complaints 

A Just complaint often comes in 
from a sniall town. It seems that 
the small town stands in the most 
danger from the bad carnival. The 
larger cities get the larger carnivals 
and a bad fair- sized or large car- 
nival "works according to local 
conditions." The small town, how- 
ever, wants a carnival. It Is the 
only out -door attraction the town 
can secure over the warm spell. 
The townpeoplc want it and usually 
the town officials favor it, but they 
arc in deadly fear the carnival 
secured will hurt the town and its 
people. Quite often this is so. A 
small carnival gets the date, believes 
there is not enough legitimate 
money from the population and they 
•go to it." 

Indications though this season 
are pointing toward a certain num- 
ber of the smaller carnivals that are 
really seeking return dates, hold- 

ing in their shows to gain a local 
rep, and trusting that in time they 
can develop into a larger organiza- 
tion through reputable showman- 
ship. While thl.s is a commendable 
desires and probably could termed 
good business, it also gives another 
indication of the times; that the 
smaller carnival manager sees the 
dale is not far distant when the bad 
carnival can not exist. He expects 
to find an opening if maintaining 
a good name meanwhile. 

And he may be right. This may 
be an example: Variety received 
this week a letter from the secretary 
of a Chamber of Commerce in a 
mid-Western city concerning quite 
a good-sized carnival. When Va- 
riety recommends a show, it asks 
the localities to advise if anything 
turns up during the stay of the car- 
nival contrary to Variety's report. 
Through this method continuous 
checking up is m«'»intained. The 
secretary said, mentioning the car- 
nival rec^f)mmended by Variety: 
"This show probably can operate 
open and above board, but it is not 
doing 80 in this territory. It has 
been turned out of three towns 
within the past month and refused 
admittance to others because of 
the character of its attractions. We 
know this show is not entitled to 
classification in your white or blue 
list and suggest that you reinspect 
and remove it from those lists." 

thermometer standing at 95 degrees 
and the vaudeville and picture 
houses almost empty, 15,000 people 
crowded and Jammed Into Conven- 
tion Hall here this week to witness 
a religious pageant, "The Light of 
the World." 



Wildcat," Overseas Hevue. 
mer Follies." 

MAINSTREET— Vaudeville. 

PANTAGES— Vaudeville. 

GLOBE — Vaudeville. 

PHOTOPLAYS — "The Woman 
Who Walked Alone," Newnruin; 
"The Cup of Life," Liberty; "Come 
On Over," Royal; "Gypsy Passion," 



WIETINO— Westchester Players, 
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Although it was pcnorally under- 
stood the Pantages house would 
make It through the sunnmer if any 
did, it is now possible the house will 
close shortly. Tho employes have 
received notice and the house is 
running from week to week. It is 
also stated that should the house 
close now it will reopen the latter 
part of August. 

The theatrical unions have not 
presented new contracts to the 
managers for next season. It Is 
the understanding none will be of- 
fered for several weeks, as all pres- 
ent contracts expire July 31. A 
member of one of the unions said 
there is little likelihood of the men 
asking for an Increase, but that the 
requoHt from the musicians, stage 
hands, bill posters and picture ma- 
chine operators will be to, have the 
present wage scale and contract re- 
newed. It it quite likely this well 
be done, although some of the man- 
agers favor a reduction. 

Edythe Decker and Richard Bold 
have been engaged by the Newman 
management to replace Crossman 
and Ridge, vocalists. 

liie old Priests of Pallas Associa- 
tion, whose electrical parades of a 
few years ago were the talk of the 
country, has been revived and the 
festivities for 1922 will be held week 
of Oct. 1. All railroads entering the 
city have announced a rate of one 
and a half fare for the round trip 
for a radius of 3^0 mile*'. This has 
always been one of the prize weeks 
of the year in theatrical affairs, and 
the managers drawing this date will 
be considered lucky. 

Walter A. Fritschy, local concert 
promoter and president of the Na- 
tional Concert Managers' Associa- 
tion, attended the convention of that 
body in St. Louis this week. 

A. E. Elliott, who control.n the 
Orand, this cily, has taken a 99- 
year lease on a building site in In- 
dependence, Mo., a suburb of Kan- 
sas City, and will ere.t a new the- 
atre. The house will have a capa- 
city of $1,200. 

Joseph Donegan, who has been 
seriously ill at St. Joseph's Ho.s- 
pltal with itnruinonia and a compli- 
cation of other ailments, is reported 
slowly improving. 

H«'re Is something for produrinpr 
managfTH to think .jMiuf. WitJj th» 

The Oswego-Strand Corporation, 
the Schine Oswego Corporation and 
the Oswego Orphcum Corporation 
have been incorporated to Itandle 
the theatrical properties that Schine 
of Gloversville has recently acquired 
in the Starch City. 

Syracuse's 1922 Music Festival 
failed to meet expenses by a small 
margin, according to the financial 
report of the Central New York 
Musi'j Festival Association. The 
surplus from the 1921 festival will 
cover the deflcit. The 1928 festival 
will be held either the last week In 
April or the first week in May. The 
association will elect early this 

tlnct shock. Mr. Major was the last 
manager of the Empire under the 
lease of the Empire Theatre Co. 
controlled by the late M. E. Wolff 
of Rochester and A. L. Erianger. He 
was popular here. 

Purchase of the Capitol, Oswego, 
by the Schine Theatre Co. gives tho 
Schine Interests all Starch City 
houses with the single exception of 
the Oem. The Capitol, closed for 
some little time, reopened Saturday 
with pictures, the same policy as 
that of the Strand. The Orphcum. 
also closed for some time, reopened 
Saturday with pictures. The Rich- 
ardson theatre, now leased by 
Schine, reopens Aug. 15 with Keith 

Announcement in Variety last 
week that th? Kastable here was oft 
the Columbia Wheel for next season 
came with bombshell effect here. 
While the Bastablc was the first Co- 
lumbia house to call off the late sea- 
son, the Bastable has a contract 
which calls for Columbia shows for 
one more year. Srcphen Bustable, 
head of the General Amusement Co., 
operating the Bastable, has refused 
to comment upon the New York an- 
nouncement. There has been some 
talk that tho Bastable might offer 
Shubert vaudeville. 

Tho stiicide of John Major, former 
manager of the Empire here, at 
Rochester last week came as a dis- 

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Savoy anil Cai^ 

A Few Different Things" 


Booked Solid— W. ▼. M. A. 

Wsst. RsprsMstathrss: POWELL 4 OANFORTH 

Cast RtsmssUtivs: ALF. T. WILTON 

Still Leading All Others 





ON JULY 4th 












(Continued from Page 23) 

Jadson Cole 
Mile Rhea C« 
Britt Wood 
"Lot* Nest- 


Lockett A Laddie 
Bryant A Ilalv 
Carl McCulIouKh 
B Bouncer's Circus 
Marion Glbney 


(Open week) 
Ilpinski's DoiBTS 
Jones A Crumlejr 
rantages Opera Co 
Bmlljr Darrell 
Rulowa Ballet 


(Sundajr opening) 

"Oh Boy" 
Emily A Willi* 
Callahan A Bllsa 
Royal Rer 
Telaak A Dean 



(Sunday oprning) 
LaPrance & Byron 
Will Morris 
Nada Norralna 
Robt McKlm Co 
Bryon Oirls 
J Elliott Girls 



Novclle Bros 
Bowman Bros 
Clinton & CappcU 


SaToy I 

Hrown A DeLua 
Early A Karly 
Seymour A Jean'te 
Jack Conway Co 
Clark A Verdi 
Krford's Oddities 


Hori A Naglma 
Beeman A Grace 
Hibbitt A Mall* 
Powell Quintet 
Lulu Coates 


Mrs R Jansen 
Craig A Holtsw'rth 
Kuma 4 
Ford & Price 
Chas Rogers Co 


Pantagea > 
Cosmopolitan D'c'rs 
Mole Jesta A M 
4 Popularity Girls 
Nelson A Madison 
Kverotte's Monkeys 
Mack A Lane 
Watson A McAvoy 


Cinderella l\t>'r 

Duval A Symonds 
4 Krrettos 
Little Jim 
Waldman A Freed 



(Same bill ptays 
Pueblo 13-lS) 
Farrell A Hatch 
Futuristic Rev 
Lady Alice's Pets 
Dunley A Merrill 
Killer Kent Co 
Moran A Wiser 



Tom Kelly 
Stanley A JefTerr 
"Breezy Buddies" 
Kola Jackson Co 
"Country Village" 



Joe Thomas Co 
LaPine A Emery 
Carter A Cornish 
Fldpper K'n'dy A R 


Bernlvicl Bros 
Ifenry Catalano Co 
Maggie Cl'.rton Co 
Mason A Bailey 
Southern 4 

That Pertains EXACTLY to 


via this plan, which covers a 
period of from six to twelve 
months, . ■-' 


(Continued from page 16) 

straightened out its financial tangle, 

save in the instance of payment of 

the royalties to the authors, and 

further confirmed the confidence 

John J. Garrity, general manager 

for the Shuberts, expressed in stat- 

Ijag the show can stick with a profit 

if the loose expenditures were 

checked. The Garrick show made a 
gain of $700 in the week's receipts 
as against a loss of $160 by its 
competitor, "The Hotel Mouse," at 
the Apollo, over the previous 
week's business. The Garrick at- 
traction made its gain during an- 
other turmoil of managerial upris- 
ings. "For Goodness Sake" was 
forced to withstand $2,000 loss with 
its week's gross because of out- 
standing bills, which are now 
cleared. With the slicing of un- 
necessary expenses and the busi- 
nesslike method of managerial 
strategy now existing, "For Good- 
ness Sake" will turn out a profit 
this week If the present gait con- 

The new management will bring 
the Garrick show a profit of $9,000 
weekly gross. The inside facts gov- 
erning the loose expenditures easily 
prove why the organization ran 
short of money to such startling 

As the disclosure of the inside 
manipulations of "For Goodness 
Sake" became public property via 
attorneys* actions and sidewalk 

chatter with members of the com- 
pany who are sticking, the whole 
method in the organizing of "For 
Goodness Sake" made qld-timers 
weep with tears of laughter. 
"Family connections" were favored 
at enormous expense and such in- 
cidents as "directress for the bal- 
let," "understudy for the chorus 
girls" and "expenses for social ne- 
cessities" were encountered in the 
expense of the organization dur- 
ing Its losing periods. They were 
quickly challenged by the Pough- 
keepsie banker upon his arrival for 
a first peep at the weekly state- 
ment. Let the whole "For Goodness 
Sake" situation pass off with the 
mere mention that it was a "cuckoo" 
and the Poughkeepsie man admitted 
he now knows how it feels to be An 

"The Hotel Mouse" started off 
last week with a crackerjack Sun- 
day night's business of slightly 
under $3,000. It was a lucky grab 
for the Apollo attraction, for there 
were decreases in the grosses dur- 
ing the Week and the week's gross 
fell short of the previous week's 
gross by the above-mentioned $160. 

The Apollo is featuring $2 seats 
at night and $1.50 prices for mid- 
week matinee, a help In the com- 
petition with "For Goodness Sake," 
holding a stiff $2.50 scale for nights 
and a stiff $2 scale for the July 
4 matinee, as well as Saturday's 

At the Cort "Her Temporary 
Husband" rallied for the premiere 
(Sunday) with a record 6 to 8 
p. m. window sale, reaching $1,575 
for an opening gross. The news- 
papers offered their only dissenting 
opinions on the lack of study of the 
cast, which was as It should have 
been, for "that nervous premiere" 
carried off a ribbon all its own. 
William Cpurtenay's popularity is 
right for a siimmer clientele at the 
Cort, and the first week turned out 
a profit, for the show is tabbed 
sensibly for summer expenses. 

"Llllom" is no longer at the 
Great Northern. This play went 
into the role of "pinch-hitting" for 
the Garrick with the unsettled state 
of affairs surrounding "For Good- 
ness Sake." The Shuberts were 
holding "Llllom" In town to turn 
over to the Garrick in case of an 
abrupt ending of "For Goodness 
Sake," but the latter's difficulties 

HATIOHAl '^S'oWlf^RTAS'T^urj 

The CAT and 

Matinees Wed. and Satl 

For particulars, apply to any 


TH MONTH-Bnoni',?i7.,lf;i 

Saason's Smartest Comedy 


A. A. SiLNEi^'^** CHAS. CHE9RY 

F. RAY C0M8T0CK astf MORRIS GE8T PrsNst 

B A L i E F F ' 8 

Chauve Souris 

Frssi MOSCOW— Dlrscl frsa LONDON— PARIS 


MATINUBS SUES, and SAT.. t:|f 




In the Comedy Classic 


RFI MOIMT Tliet.. W. 4Stli St. 48. 
DCLrlVlVTi^ t |Q^„ g.30 M.iU. Thurt.-Sat. 

k THE niO HIT! 


r^ WITH 

' And The NUGENTS 



Let's get acquainted now, ep next 
season the new act will need no in- 

Direction MARK LEVY 

somewhat cleared Saturday, so 
"Liliom" is now in the storehouse. 
With "Llllom's" exit came the 
sharpest of all recent sharp Shep- 
pard Butler's remarks in "The Trib- 
une ' about theatrical mismanage- 
ment, carrying, among a lengthy 
reference, this paragraph: "No 
doubt there were good reasons for 
all this ('Liiliom's* departure), and 
whether there were or not is no 
concern of yours or mine. But it 
was rather a melancholy Instance 
of what sometimes happens to good 
plays after they have left the foun- 
tainhead of all wisdom, New York. 
At least, if some future historian 
finds occasion to observe that Chi- 
cago neglected 'Liliom,* let It be 
recorded that it was not entirely 
Chicago's fault." The critic's eulogy 
featured the disappearance of Eva 
Le Gallienne and Harold de Becker 
from the cast when Chicago was 
giving "Liliom" record-breaking 

"Just Married," greatly helped by 
novel advertising Ideas, went slight- 
ly over $10,000, giving another fat 

Powers interests have been left 
wholly in the hands of John Mooney, 
for the syndicate theatre offices are 
closed for vacations, and Just how 
sudden "Lilies of the Field' will 
again close and reopen, such as now 
has featured the Powers attraction 
for two consecutive weeks, rests 
with Mooney's judgment. It will 
be a great addition for a marker 
for "the book" if "Lilies, of the 
Field" does survive three weeks 
more. Operating expenses now as- 
sure profit for both company and 
house with gross of $4,000. 

Last week's estimates: 

"Liliom" (Great Northern, eighth 
and final week). Highly praised 
work completely out of season here, 


Opening on Orpheom pircalt, Anrast It 


Sensational Rifle and 

Pistol Shooting 

Playing W. V. M. A. and B. F. Keith 
(Western) Circuits 


thereby giving loss. As business 
dropped, so did high-salaried caet 
members, helping owners to ma;ch 
low gross returns with nowhere 
near losses imagined. Quick exit 
after $7,068. 

•*Lightnin' " (Blackstone, forty^ 
fourth week). In a class by itself, 
so no check-up necessary. For the 
biographers it may be stated the 
attraction went into its 401st per- 
formance in Chicago Sunday night,'- 

•*The Hotel Mouse" (Apollo, sixth 
week). Lost chance to beat pre- 
vious week by fall-down Saturday 
night Clocked $12,635. 

''For Goodness Sake" (Garrick, 
fourth week). Story is known. 
Terrific publicity hurled at attrac- 
tion, with chorus girls' competition 
in writing official toast foi* Pagdont 
of Progress opening drawing plenty 
of photos. Many complications still 
remaining to be solved, so length 
of stay is uncertain. Highest gross 
yet, with $8,940. 

''Just Married" (LaSalle). $600 
Saturday matinee made it hard 
pulling for $10,000 for week, but 
eventually did squeeze it, anchor- 
ing at $10,075. Only attraction in 
town that went dfter July 4 mati- 
nee with special posting of novel 

"Lilies of the Field** (Powers, 
ninth, week). Salaries again for 
company, with bit contributed out 
of week's gross of $5,700 for back 
salaries of two weeks ago. Char- 
lotte Learn added to her unequaled 
record by joining Sunday night 
with closing of "Llllom." 

"Her Temporary- Husband" (Cort, 
first week). Got away to fiying 
financial start," hitting $1,575 for 
premiere, but slumped Friday night 
and Saturday matinee, doing $7,950 
on week, profit for both ends. 


I 8AM H. HARRIS Attraction* 

Sam H. Harris ?irB„'L.'%fi 

Em. 8 :20. Hsts. Ws<. ••« Sst at 2 M. 

Six Cylinder Love 

A Ns« Comedy by Wm. Antbony iicGoln 


WMt48Ui8t Rtss.. S:I5. 
ftfau. Wed. A Sac at S:lft. 





MUSIC BOX grffiLnr.: 

Etm. 1:15. UaU. Wed. and Sat at l:ie. 

"Bsit Mutual Shtw Evar Matft Is AmaHea." 




— Witk a Cast sf Matrapolitss Fsvoritas — 


T R A N 


"A National Instltntlon"— B'way at 47 St. 

Direction Joaapb Plank«it 

WUIIam Fox Presents 


From J. IjIMCOT.N CARTER'.S Novel 


CARL BDOUARDB. Conductor* 

f YRIP THEATRE. 424 St.. W. of Ifway. 
Li 1 I\I\.^ TWICE D/ILT — J:30 and 8:30. 






West 41th 81 Eves. 8 M. 
Mat. Saturday, 2:S0. 




A New Character Study bf ANDRK PICASa 

XAIjXJOC*'—^ And Forty-slztb ft. 

Evenings 8:2S. Mats. Wed. and Sat IJ9. 


with a Cast of 
N. T. FoTorltsa 



_ WP5r4S*$tfiffV. 


'— 8ELWYN THBATBE. W. 42d Stw— ^ 


a new comedr 


By MonUfue Glaas A Jules Eckert Ooodmsa. 
Prices: Evs. |2.B0. Ifata. Wed. A Sat 

New Amsterdam Theatre— W. 4td Btreel 

WEDNES'DAY. Reg. Hatlnee SAT. 

A National Institution 


Friday/ July T^_W^ 




T>iAV4>rH (Paramount) adaptation 
'•*"l"!/HarJing DaviB- play originally 
* ^'^'^^ WMUam Collier, now made into 
K>'»'^ ''^/«-m with acenarlo by Walter 
pcreen ^^^'^cruzt. director. Wallace 
KS %tar^ s^PorieU by LUa Lee. At the 

Rlvoil, Ju'y^^ Wallace Held 

Brook Tr'iv era- . • • Theodore KoBloff 

carlo* R'v*" LllR !.<•€ 

••Biff" Dooley ^,j^^ jjj^jg 

Babos ••••; 

•'•The Dictator" is the same happy 
»>it of nonsense on the screen it was 
5n the stage, probably a little fun- 
«ler because the screen presenta- 
fion has an elaborate scenic back- 
ground which throws the humor of 
•h« action into more distinct relief, 
comedy is largely a matter of con- 
trasts The best the stage produc- 
Son could do was to use the lim- 
ited scenic equipment, but the 
Lrreen version bacio up its bur- 
lesque with what amounts to a 

The pomp of South American of- 
ficialdom in its settings of tropical 
loveliness Ynakes a perfect back- 
«-ound for the harum-scarum ex- 
nloits of the matter-of-fact Ameri- 
can hero. Half the fun of the whole 
affair is the burlesque of Latin- 
American politics, and the picture, 
gives greatest scope to the building 
up of the ridiculous pretense t»f 
nolitical magnificence. What could 
be funnier than the incident of a 
tough and commonplace N^w York 
chauffeur going through all the cere- 
monial of an execution by a .squad 
of highly impressive and Ijighly im- 
pressed soldiers of the trick repub- 
lic of "San Ma nana," ruled by 
•weekly revoluiion», official and so- 
cial ritual of tne most imposing kind 
and i the American banana trade. 
This execution scene was a delight- 
ful bit of broad travesty as it was 
handled by Walter Long In the 
character of the tough chauffeur, 
"Biff" Dooley, who followed the hero 

through all his adventures to col- 
lect a 160 taxi bill run up. by the 
hero In a tour ol Ux« Mew York 
stage entrances. 

The revolution itself is a riot of 
absurd spectacle, and the whole 
thing is surrounded by magnificent 
palaccH and beautiful tropical 
scenery which give an added touch 
to a situation already comic. Heid 
plays the blundering young Ameri- 
can with the right touch of 
casual nonchalance to give point to 
its broad absurdity. Lila Lee makes 
a charming dark -eyed hefolne, and 
the picture Is rich in pictorial sur- 

The whole bill was framed to keep 
comedy to the fore. The two other 
items in the surrounding f>rogram 
were a whooping Mermaid farce 
with custard pie incidentals and a 
burlesque novelty. The latter was 
a scream from start to fiiM.^^h. They 
had taken a sentimental ;ilm melo- 
drama of a past gencrati(tn, "Moun- 
tain Laurel," and turned it into a 
roaring travesty by means of comic 
titles. The action was intensely seri- 
ous (it is probable they used • re- 
print of the original one-reeler) and 
the titles were riotous. When the 
hero, hunting in the Adirondacks, 
mistakes his friend in the woods for 
a deer and shoots him, the title 
shows a pair of dice and makes a 
pun on the game of craps by say- 
ing: "He shoots a buck." The whole 
thing was full of like fooleries. In 
the case of the feature the title 
writing also contributed greatly to 
tliQ comedy. The taxi chauffeur 
was always butting into thrilling 
situations with his demand that he 
be paid his "sixty berries." 

In addition to the comedy flavor 
(again an interesting touch of con- 
trast) they staged a capital patriotic 
display appropriate to the week of 
the 4th, with the audience standing 
for the national anthem while Susan 
Ida Clough stood posed as Liberty 
holding an American banner flanked 
by uniformed men at "present 
arms," representing the navy, ma- 

rine and artillery divisions of the 
service. and sang "The Star 
Spangled Banner." Rush. 


presents his big 
stage success 



A Story of Tradition's Barrier and 
How the* Half Breed Smashed It — 
with Wheeler Oakman 


Thousands of steers fn wild 
stampede! A freight train 
cutting off on one side; the 
sheriff's ik>Hf\e on the other — 
all wedging a man and girl 
thundering for the border! 




Tho bilhiiK uvtH forth •Arruw Film i'o. 
prt-Htnts Jmncs Olivor ruiwoud'o 'Clod's 
Country and tbc Law.' " DirectiU by Syd- 
ney Olcolt. 

Marie Gladys Leslie 

Andre ,.,, Kr^ C. Jont^s 

p(>re Wm. II. Took*-r 

'f'olit'n Ceiiare Uravitia 

Odchi Hope Sutherland 

As the title suggests, the picture 
is a hectic melodrama, very the- 
atrical and mad«» more so by its 
cumbersome and stilted titling. The 
picture would be rather ordinary 
except that it is saved by two con- 
spicuously good qualities — the act- 
ing is spirited and the settings are 
gorgeous. Another item in Ha favor 
is a .series of striking animal pic- 
tures, real mooue fteding close by 
iipparenlly in a wild»»rneH« pond, a 
close-up ctf an opossum, a lone wolf 
posed against a deep shot of what 
is ai)parently a wilderness land- 
seape and a trio of tumbling bear 
cubs, pi ts of the heroine. AM these 
(h'tails belong in the Curwootl Htory 
of the Canadian noith woods and 
supply a wealth of atmosphere. 

Kxcept for thofte things, the pic- 
ture would cla.<?8ify as a lalher 
trashy rotnanee. It is full of literary 
arlilicialities; too many things hap- 
pen at the behest of the dramatist 
and tlie long arnx of coincidence is 
stretched to the breaking. Dramatic 
situations are well t^nough if they 
grow up naturally and the literary 
device is concealed, but in this case 
the hand of the playwriglU is too 
apparent. The climax v/hi^ brings 
the villain to his punishment in the 
presence of all the persons he has 
wronged, assembled with more en- 
ergy than skill from distant places, 
is exceedingly transparent. The 
wickedness of the villain is grossly 
overdone and his punishment (he 
goes mad in the lonely forest, ap- 
parently the victim of a bad con- 
science) is rather blatant melo- 
drama. Curwood is usually better 
than this in his writings. He has a 
certain dignity and knack for cre- 
ating illusion. This picture has 
done for his story about what Rob- 
ert Service's verses do for Kipling. 
That is to say, the picture overdoes 
everything that Is Interesting in the 
original. The story: 

Dore, a whisky runner in the Ca- 
nadian borderlands, Is driven to 
flight by the Mounted Police and 
takes refuge with 'l*oleon, a white 
native. In return for the kindly 
woodsman's hospitality ho attempts 
to dishonor his daughter, and is 
driven off. He strikes through the 
wilderness and takes asylum with 
Andre, a young trapper, and his 
beautiful wife, Marie. Their kind- 
ness he al.'W) repays by assailing the 
young wife. While Andre Is away 
he abducts the girl, although how 
he proposed to carry a buxom young 
woman through the north woods 
woukl balk anybody but a scenario 

It balked Dore, anyway, because 
when Marie recove'red consciousness 
she promptly escaped by leaping 
into the whirling rai)itls (the stunt 
would have been impressive if it 
had not been poorly faked), and 
Dore goes mad under the inlluence 
of the oppressive wilderness and his 
own evil deeds. Of course, Marie 
is rescued by the Northwest Mount- 
ed trooiKTs and is brought safely 
home in time to put the frenzied 
Andre into raptures. Obedient to 
the tcchniijue of the "movies," 
Dore's crazy wanderings bring him 
straight to Andre's door, where he 
conveniently falls dead at the feet 
of the constables who have been 
ordered to catch him "dead or alive." 
It takes a preity naive picture fan 
to swallow it all, but the scenery 
was unqucplionably ex<iuisite. 


on the death of her mother is left 
in the hands of her stepfather. The 
old boy likes the chickens and hangs 
around Ott's all night cabaret. I^etty 
Is supposed to go to work there 
selling cigars and cigarettes, but 
manages to make her escape on the 
advice of one of the girls In the place 
who Informs her that the river is 
pleasanter even though a quicker 
death. She is about to take a leap 
from a bridge in Central Park when 
the hero, who has been just turned 
down by the girl that he has been 
engaged to and vowed that he would 
marry the llrst woman ho met, 
walks in and carries out his promise. 
"When ho gets home with hia bride 
he discovers that there Is a note 
from a repentant fianeee-that-was 
and he Immediately tries to figure a 
way out of his situation. However, 
ho reckoned without his butler, 
who disliked the Mrs. Allerton that 
was to be and preferred the Mrs. 
Allerton that was. 

In the end the hero turns down 
the haughty society girl who gave 
him the mitten and whips the wicked 

The picture does not appear to 
be of recent vintage, otherwise Row- 
land Lee has adapted rather olil 
stuff in the p.irading of models in 
evening clothes as one of the tricks 
to take up footage. Judging fmm 
what the models wear on parade in 
the majority of motion i>ictures 
women evidently go around from 
breakfast to bedtime in nothing but 
evening gowna. 

The cast has a quintet of out- 
standing figures. Miss Chad wick is 
most convincing at times, although 
overacts somewhat as the slum 
kiddie. James Rennie Is an Ideal 
hero In this case and Mona Kingsley 
nils the bill wonderfully as the 
haughty society dob. The haracter 
of the butler as depicted by Claude 
Gillingwater will endear him to the 
fans and Edward Plel a- the heavy 
more than registered that. So much 
so that the Capitol audience Sun- 
day night applauded the beating the 
hero administered, and when they 
do that on Broadway on a hot night 
It speaks well for the villain. 



Produced by the Went Co.isl Film Corp. 
under the, direction of Jacques Jaccard, 
with Monroe Salisbury star. Prewntvd 
by Isudore Bcrnstdn. Fiv«-reel north- 
western snow picture, released by Amer- 

"Silent" Duval Monroe Salisbury 

Nadlnc Picard I>.iura Ansun 

Winston .SaHsonn Waller l^uw 

Mary MaclJonald Maria DrnKa 

liradley Curstairs CJoorgo WaRg«)ucr 

MacDonuld Hiihaid CuiniiiinKN 


A Panil King production made and re- 
leaKPd by < Directed by Howlatid 
V, I^ce. A "t'inderella" story in five reels 
that ha 5) appeal. 

I.,etty Ilelene Chadwick 

Ila.shlcigh Allerton Jamrn Hmnle 

.Strptoe Claude Oillingwnter 

Karbar.a Wallbrook '..Mona KingHlejr 

Judson Kdward I'eil 

Ott Ueorgo Poriolat 

A combination of society and slum 
stuff with a little Cinderella, type of 
girl raised from the dive by mar- 
riage to a wealthy The pic- 
ture Is prefaced by a title to the 
effect that the* cynical will not be- 
lieve it possible, but that it Is 
romance. Nevertheless it is inter- 
r.stiiip and it looks as though the 
majority of audieneeH will lik<! it, 
but it holds nothing unusual a.s a 
promise to the box office. Just a 
good program picture, but «ven they 

! are few and far between lh*'se days. 
The production lia« lleleno Chad- 
wick as the principal player and 
her roles calls for h»r to be a hab- 
itu.'il runawa.v. First she runs away 

1 from a cnnl stepfather wh«> wants 
li«r to become a ci^aret rirl in an all 
night cafe, then .'ifter the marriafje 
to the wealthy young so«'i«ty man 
she Tiiake.'-' two attempts to b<at it 
from th«; mansion wlM-r^ she is in- 
stalh'd li»'fore sh*- is HUee<;ssful and 
Mrially on tlw third try sli«' k« ts 
away. It doesn't sound thrilling hut 
It is inK'i ♦•sf mg. 

f'.asil King wrote the story whiW' 
he was orir of tiM> Famous Authors 
f'olleff on that (;oldwyn ass« mbl« d. 
Ih< r«toi« it is rehaseil as '*A Ra.sil 
King I'ro(tn< ti'in." fiowl.nid V'.'I^e*- 
<lir< cl« il the story and haiulNd H 
V«'l V \i "11. 

Miat <:h.'idwlrk F>l.iyH T-etty, who 

A northwestern snow picture that 
must have been written according to 
Formula No, H. It cont.iins all of 
the stereotyped stuff usually, seen in 

this particular type of feature. Tho 
particular fault is in tha tempo, 
which at times tak«'a on the aspect 
of a "'slow motion" picture. In tho 
regular daily change houses tho 
picture will get by nicely, for it ha.s 
everything that ever made a good 
northwestern, and therefore this ono 
must perforce also be good; all th« 
others were. 

In direction there Is an effort 
matle to beclouti the plot and cre- 
ate suspense, but all it does Is to 
make the average auditor try to 
guess what it is about until just be- 
yontl the half-way point a series of 
cut-backs reveal what all the action 
has been for. Usually it is advis- 
able to let the audience In on tho 
secret, no matter how much tho 
players may be supposed to be in 
the dark as to the causes for variou.«» 

The story is that of a h4ilf-bre€Ml 
educated at college (refer back t«> 
"Strongheart") wh<» because his full 
wliite brothers snub ^ini decides to 
return to tho land of his people. Ho 
is sent north by the head of a min- 
ing and trading company, who had 
been befriended by the boy's father^ 
to investigate Irregularities at a cer- 
tain trading i)Ost. 

At the Opening of the film he is at 
the post, and it is New Year's eve. 
Word is brought in by an Indian 
guide the factor's daughter la 
snowed in at a cabin down the pass. 
The half-breed hero starts out to 
rescue her. A co-worker of the fac- 
tor, who is responsible for the Irreg- 
ularities, sends two men after tho 
hero to 8e<> he doesn't return. Ho 
outwits them and returns with the 
girl, leaving behind at the cabin hl« 
Indian cohipanlon to try to nurH*> 
back to life thQ.mftn accompanying 
the girl. The latter Is one of those 
who snubbed the boy at college. 

When the girl returns to health 
and her lover is rcBtored to her ami 
the half-breed in the meantime ha.«# 
compelled the villain to walk out 
of the scene, he resigns from the 
company and In the final fade-out 
is at a cabin In the "alone" with a 
half-breed woman. 

There are a lot of snow In the pic- 
ture and some particularly goo<l 
storm stuff. Also the usual dog nled, 
ftome shooting and a corking fight 
between the hero and the heavy. 
Salisbury overacts throughout and 
hangs onto the lens to the laAt 
fraction of a second, seemingly 
largely responsible through this for 
the slow action. Maria Draga, who 
plays the girl, docs some clever 
emotionalism and scores. Walter' as the heavy handled his role 
at about the same tempo as did 
Salisbury. In one scene In which 
the two meri^and Laura Anson, aa 
the half-bre|^ girl, appearedHhc ac-* 
tion was so slow as to be painful. 


Booked by the Keith Circuit for a Total 
Number of Days Given to Very Few 

Productions ^ 


of the 



A lentation at the Capitol, New York; an 
dinary house-filler wherever shown; characters 
ized by S. L. Rothafel as one of the four mostj 
distinctive features he has ever shown and th«^ 
sensation of 1922. It'a unbelievably good! 

A Revillon Freres Production 

Produced by ROBERT J. FLAHERTY, F. R. G. S. 



Friday, July 7, 192J 


A Goldwyn f«»M»ur«» wrltt«»n «nd f1ln»oto<l 
%v Kupvrt HuK^'*. with CoM«"*n Moore fea- 
tured. 'C'ln'lorella" lyi>« o£ •tory with 
comedy relief. 

Iduh-ne Nobbin Coll«*en Moore 

Malt Hn on Rirhard Dix 

I'aniela Sheil Gertrude Antor 

I'rue NI<-k<'i.<ion Laura Laplante 

Jtoy Tom (lallery 

I'hil I.arr.iltee ItUHh Hughes 

Allen l>ana Tml<l 

Mrs Nt»l.l)in.. Fanny Stockbridni' 

Alrv. Nickcrson Emily lUiit 

Thp work Colleen Moore does 
In this picture luares her right In 
line to as.sume the screen comedy 
honors that one© so well lilted 
Mabel Normand. She has a role 
f^iving her an opportunity as an ec- 
centric comcditnnc and makes the 
most of it. The picture is a neat 
little comedy drama with the story 
along the u.sual "Cinderella" line.s, 
with the poor, awkward little girl 
who has always been tho wall flower 
developing into a real peach after 
a few months of association with 
80cial superiors and the aid of a 
few clothes. The ftMture is an en- 
tertaining picture that will please 
any audience. 

Uu pert Hughes was the author 
and also directed the production. 
He is very much present in the 
titles, but there are spots where 
little can he Haid for his direction, 
yet as a whole the picture is fairly 
well done. Hughos did handk* the 
two automobile accidents rather 
well, and his working out of the 
youthful school stuff at the Junior 
I'rom had detail. In the latter one 
rather strongly suspects his boy, 
Kush, more lately from school, may 
have had a hand in making «ugges- 

(Sid: You want to catch this one 
and get a slant at Kush Hughes 
acting out.) 

The cast that supports Miss 
Moore is i«leal. Richard Dix is her 
leading man, and one wonders why 
after having started the pair in a 
series of productions as co-featured 
players there suddenly comes a 
twist through which Miss Moore is 
featured alone. She has shared 
billing honors with Dix in pictures 
where his role overshadowed hers, 
by as marked a proportion as hers 
does his in this picture. Dix de- 
livers all through the picture in 
he is asked to do. The other youth- 
ful players in the cast stand 
out especially CJertrude A.stor and 
Laura Laplante. Fanny Stockbridge 
in a character role got a few laughs 
here and there. 

The majority of laughs, however, 
come from the titling rather than 
the action. In sets the feature has 
one or two out of the ordinary and 
the lightings are particularly good. 

In the next production Mr. Hughes 
directd he would be wise to watch 
his camera work a little more 
closely. Fred. 


A Cliarles U.iy st.irrinjf production, direct- 
ed by hin».silf frum ih*- «tory liy Hichard 
Andres. In fivi* feela and rekM-ied through 
l''irHt N:itirinal. 

<!ot>rBe Oliver Wal>;on f'harles ICfcy 

Ht-nry Juiicd Otto Hoflman 

SuHie Charlotte IMitco 

Ilob.irt Htj>h Kobi'rt dray 

riiilip A.-hton William Carroll 

"Heauty" String I>ick Southerland 

Banchfz Uert Offanl 

\Vhi»kors lllmaelf 

detail, this one of Cinart's being 
rather crude in its burle.s(iue, while 
the Wallace Reid picture has a 
smooth and mellifluous quality of 
humor. At that "Yankee Doodle, 
Jr.," ought to be an amusing subject 
for the medium-grade houses. It 
has plenty of broad comedy and an 
abundance of action. Some of the 
night photography is excellent, and 
the production has been handled 
with discrimination as far as set- 
tings are concerned. J. Frank Glen- 
don has not quite the debonair style 
in the part the role calls for, being 
rather more in Xhe obvious screen 
actor classiflcativn. 

The whole st6ry centers In the 
effort of an American business man 
to force his pami)ered son into a 
rough-and-ready job of selling fire- 
works. Jack, the son, picks the ter- 
ritory for his labors by spinning a 
globe and throwing a pen at it 
arrowwise. It hits in the South 
American trick republic of San Ma- 
riano, and hither the .salesman takes 
pas.sage, bearing an iron nerve and 
a sample case of fireworks. 

He promptly becomes involved in 
a local revolution, led by one Men- 
doza. a traitor to the existing ad- 
ministration, in love with the presi- 
dent's daughter. Jack also f.ills in 
love with the scnorita, and the the- 
atrical clash of interest is all .set. 

The revolutionists are shown 
making their on the palace, 
where the I*resi<lcnt. his <lau4;hter 
and the Americ.m aie on the def«'n- 
fiive in rather a .-spectacular scries 
of mob .'scenes, but then the story 
takes to the burlesque side, Jack 
conceiving the idea of meeting the 
armed revolutionary army with an 
attack of romnn candles and fire- 
work bombs. The whole thing de- 
velops into a broad farce, with the 
rebels put to flight, the American 
hero in the embrace of the heroine 
and the American fireworkn maker 
turning his plant over to fill a con- 
tract for munitions. 

There are .'leveral good bits of ac- 
tion in rough-and-ready fights be- 
tween Jack and Mendoza, who ab- 
ducts the heroine, and numerous 
passages are interesting pieces of 
screen action, such as maneuvers of 
troops, breakneck horseback riding 
and the lik<e. Neither the story, its 
production nor the acting is on 91 
par with the Wallace Reld film 
adapt.ation of "The Dictator," taken 
from the Richard Harding Davis 
play of the same name, but it is an 
amusing, irresponsible bit of non- 
sense and makes acceptable pro- 
gram material. Ituah. 

This Charles Ray production Is 
about the poorest excuse for a feat- 
ure picture this star has ever turned 
out. It isn't worthy even the con- 
sideration that would be tendered a 
fly-by-night production without 
star, producer name or director 
never heard of before. There is no 
reason, except that Ray appears in 
the picture, for the booking of it 
anywhere. Those who see it because 
Itay is in it will \fa\k. away from the 
theatre with the impression that the 
8tar has "gone back" 100 per cent. 
It is a cinch that it isn't a picture 
that will build up at the box ofl!ice. 
If played for more than a day the 
chances are that the statement will 
show a decided drop in attendance. 
There is no story, mighty little 
action, and Ray does nothing wor- 
thy of mention. In plain English 
•it's a flop." 

In this production Ray is a Secret 
Service operative. After seeing him 
In it one might say that it .sounds his 
cue to f^et to the rural charac- 
ters. He o|tcns a gas. oil and water 
fttatlon near the Mexican border to 
watch smu toilers (at lettst that i.s 
what the supposition is. there being 
nf)thing to indicate what he was 
after). Ther(^ is nothing but people 
walking in an<l out of the <^ot with- 
out rhyme or reason and without 
advancing anytliing like a story at 
any time. 

There are also a number of auto- 
mobiles chL-^ing each other over 
mountain tmils, a f'^w scooting mo- 
torcycles and on nhnost love story. 
with Ray mairving the girl at the 
finish, but in all it's a lot of apple 
sauce that runs for the end book, 



Thig. picture was started by Ess- 
anay some years ago, but only com- 
pleted late last fall. It is presented 
by George K. Spoor, with the origi- 
nal cast of the Cohan & Harris play 
of the same name in it. The film booked by the Peerless Booking 
C!orp. (Mos:{-I»roctor-Keith Jilm 
bookings) for .«wme of the Proctor 
houses the first half of this week 
(July 3-fi), chiefly because of the 
patriotic api)eal. 

It is being distributed by Elk Photo 
Plays, Inc., who aver it is not a re- 
issue. The Peerless also says it 
pays a rental that exceeds that of a 
reissue. Aithur Rerthelet is the 
director of the Fred Hallard play, in 
which George M. Cohan also had a 

Compared to present-day stand- 
ards the direction, photography and, 
in fact, the entire production, is 
rather crude stuff. The flashing of 
the New Jersey 1918 license on the 
"lizzie" gives away Its antiquity, and 
certainly will not convince any sort 
of sensible fllm fan it is not a re- 
issue. What the picture needs is 
intelligent re-editing and cutting, 
although the Elk Photo Play Co. 
propably figures it's not worth it. 
It's Just a pop house feature to be 
marketed at a price. Abel. 


T..efth nalrd production made for Associat- 
ed Kxhibltors and relea.ncd through I'athe. 
Leah Itaird star and authoress of story 
l*aul Scanlon directed. Five reels. 

Klanche ManMfleld Leah Daird 

Grace Eldridge , ...Arline Tretty 

John (.traham ...Richard Tucker 

Koberl Taylor. . .*. Vcr.ion Slcelo 

Nanette Henley ICatherliie Lewiii 


Special two-reeler bjr Psmnous Players- 
Laskx to be distributed to the eKhibitor 
gratis and shown by him In the iriterest of 
the coming productions oa tho Fall Para- 
mount pruvram. 

Wallace Reld, Julia Faye. 

Marion Davies. Rodolpb Valeatlno. 

Thomas Melghan, Lila I^e, 

Hetty CompMon. Ntta Naldi. . 

Miy MoAvoy. Dorothy Daiton. 

(•Uina .Swanxon. Jack Holt. 

William de Mille. Ocll 11. DeMtlle. 

Bebe Danieln. Beatrice Joy 

Conrad NaKel, Theodore Roberts 

CJeorjte Kawcett, T. Roy names, 

Wanda Hawley. Milton Sills, 

Mary Milea Minter, Tom Moore. 

Hetty Compaon, Ilert l<ytell, 

Alice Urady, Klsie Ferguson. 

Here is a real all-star production, 
and tho best part of it is that the 
exhibitor gets the picture free. It is 
part of the advertisini^ campaign 
Famous Players is making direct to 
the public via the screen for the fall 
program of Paramount productiuas. 

It is a two-reeler cleverly ar- 
ranged with novelty photographic 
work. It shows the Famous Players' 
studios in Long Island City and 
Hollywood in the opening. This is 
followed by a trip through the stu- 
dlo.s, showing the various stars at 
work on the sets of the various pro- 
ductions that they have in the mak- 
ing, with references to their suc- 
cesses in the past. 

To Dorothy Dalton goes one of the 
most interesting bit.s. Dalton 
had the advantage of a Quadruple 
exposure, she being shown in the 
screen in four different characters at 
one time. Another piece of trick 
photography is for Wallace Reid. 
who. while sitting on a chair,' has 
him.self, in miniature, drive up to the 
chair in a racing auto. Marion Da- 
vies is seen in dissolves and double 
exposure. While standing at a 

wardrobe trunk on on* side of the 
screeo. taking the gowns from the 
Iruck, she dissolves ia on the other 
side clad in the gown. 

Bebe Daniels stands at the side of 
ft talking machine while in miniature 
f he dances atop of the cabinet, also 
trick stuff. 

Of the larger productions, directed 
by the two de Milles and George 
Melford, whole shots of the big 
scenes are shown. 

It is an Interesting picture and It 
should work out as a very successful 
business bringer for the exhibitor. 
It is certain never before has he 
been able to advertise so many real 
star names in one picture, and even 
though there is no story connected 
with this, the two reels are certain 
to Interest the public who want to 
see how pictures are made. At that 
the picture doesn't let them in on 
too much of the Inside stuff. 



London, June 27. 

"Jhe producers describe this new 
British feature as a comedy of side- 
splitting tendency. They exaggerate, 
even for fllm producers. Comedy of 
a very weary kind it may be, but it 
certainly is not side-splitting. There 
is not a hertrty laugh in it. In fact, 
so dreary is it that no one was sur- 
pri.Ked to discover it was made in 
Scotland by a Scotch producer with 
a Scottish company. Scots may 
probably see the joke if inspired by 
t'"^eir own whiskey and patriotism, 
bjt no one else will. 

Jock is a riveter who is mad on 
football and liquor. To cure him his 
wife, Aggie, persuades a temperance 
advocate to call. Jock returns from 
a football match very stewed, and 
he and Aggie fjuarrel. She goes out 

and Jock seizes the opportunity 
hide a bottle of whiskey he u, 
brought in. This he does by camS 
flaging it as vinegar. The teituS' 
ance man calls and is flung out wh^ 
Jock discovers who Is in. He me«S 
Aggie, who insists on his comliS 
back to tea. She gives him sals? 
plentifully drenohed In vinegar »■ 
she thinks, fhe result ia the col 
lapse of the advocate, triumph d 
Jock and liquor and the usual rec 
onclllatlon. It la all very bad. ^ 


London, June 27 
This latest Granger- Davidson pic, 
ture is an excellent humorous feat, 
ure. full of human interest and natl 
ural comedy. The story is well toli 
and holds the interest throughout 
A young naval officer flnds a desert- 
ed baby. Oh Tiis way to inform th« 
police, having left the child at 4 
cottage, he has a slight accident. 
He is attended to by. among other 
people, a girl, with whom he prompt, 
ly falls in love. He also becomet 
aware of a romance between two of 
his more elderly helpers. He re- 
members the baby and returns for it, 
hoping by its aid to rouse .sympathy. 
Then the complications beloved of 
comedy writers't?ommence. He takes 
the wrong baby and becomes an 
object of suspicion. Then amateur 
detectives, thinking he is a child- 
thief, take the child. 

The settings for this story are 
simple and po.s«ess a Rood deal of 
rural charm. The acting is above 
the average. Jaidee Wright is ex« 
cellent. As is Tom Reynolds, while 
the main if junior romance is capi- 
tally played by Leigh Woodward 
and Malcolm Todd. Cort. 














Comedy dram.i in 8cA»en action which 
rirtis to Irnvi-Kty in »he ronnc tiMiiiK. C'lnrirl 
stand.<( fipon.ior for the feiiture. In which 
J. Frank (;iendon i.i Hlarred. Jack I'rttt i.<i 
* ■< (Iowa aa the director. At Loews Circ'.c. 
July 4. 

It Is curious that this production 
should come out of the independent 
flcld jUMt as Paramount's "The Dic- 
tator" Is released. Both pictures are 
Identical In farce-mdodramatic 
spirit and both have young Ameri- 
can heroes counterplotting during a 
South American revolution. 

The .itorie;i differ Considerably In 

Despite that from the title, it 
might be assumed tho action was 
suggested by an automobile or a 
trolley car. such isn't the case. It is 
the devil is the impelling force 
behind the actions of the characters. 
The picture is just a fair mellor that 
will do anywhere in the daily change 
houses. It has Leah Baird as the 
star, with a good supporting cast, 
well directed by Paul Scardon. The 
tale deals with society and better 
class cabaret life, with the heroine 
a rather fast stepper for a time. 

In representing the two social ex- 
tremes in wo«ianhood the authoress 
has her lady of the cabarets rather 
handy with a paper cutter when .she 
learns that her lover is leaving her 
to marry another woman. The 
"other w'oman." a society girl, is 
very handy with a gat when she 
finally discovers her next-door 
neighbor is the girl who caused the 
pontponcment of her wedding by 
stabbing the groom-to-be. But nat- 
urally neither was responsible, for 
"the devil drove them to it." The 
story is rather well set forth with 
a regeneration of two women as the 
theme, to which is ailded the <loc- 
trine of "Peace on earth, good will 
toward all" when the contending 
factions flop in each other's arms on 
(.Christmas morning. Fred. 

CARAMBA! what a picture! 
Fights and thrills and gay 
romance in a Spanish banana re^ 
pubhc — with a wild young Amer- 
ican and a pretty senorita the 
center of it all. Theodore Kos- 
loff. Walter Long. Kalla Pasha, 
and Alan Hale in the fine sup- 
porting cast. 

By Richard Harding Davis — Directed by James Cruze — Scenario by Walter Woodt 

(X Q^ammount Q>iclum 

(3-roI. Adx>. Mafa 
at exchange*) 



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Friday, July f> ^^^ 


^t Half Called "Slaughter"— Capitol Lead $10,000 
Behind Previous Week — Strand Got $14,000 — 
'The Storm" at Central Looks Good 



Grauman's and California Do 
It— But Trade Off at 




Last week started over rather 
^ely in ^**« picture houses, but 
B|er Wednesday the weather and 
^t holiday approachlnif had the 
iffect of Bhootlng business all to 
^cces. Whatever the grosses for 
Hm week, the major portion was 
frawn in prior to Thursday. In some 
Miaes the houses had a fair Satur- 
lay business, b '* the majority com- 
plained the latter half of the week 
iras a slaughter in attendance. 
-None of the houses offered any- 
thing extraordinary in pictures. At 
Ihe Rialto two reissues were shown 
nrl-ich had the eff«^ct of cutting the 
bfislness there several thousand 
aollars. This house is usually 
around $17,000 or $18,000 .on the 
week, with a regular Paramount 
BTOduction. Even when the picture 
|8 moved into the house after hav- 
ing had a week at the Rivoli, fur- 
ther up the street, it tops the money 
it got there. With the too old pic- 
tuc« the business fell below $15,000. 

The Capitol with its capacity, 
which makes It possible to get big 
money when the crowds are coming, 
again topped the business of the 
street, although even ^ that house 
was off to the extent of $10,000 on 
#hat "it did the week previously. 
The Strand dropped a couple of 
thousand and Just managed to top 
$14,000 with the Selznick produc- 
tion "A Woman of No Importance." 
This week the hoi-se is playing an 
Arrow release and starting a heavy 
l^]vance exploitation for the Fox 
production. "The Fast Mail," which 
o^>ens Sunday. 

The U moved "The Storm" Into 
the Central this week for a run, 
with the Indications that It will do 
real business for that house for at 
l^ast three or four* weeks. 

Estimate for last' week: 

Apollo— "Silver Wings" (Fox Spe- 
cial). Seats 1,200. Scale. $1.65. 
Sixth week. Did not pick up last 
week, although indications are pic- 
ture when it hits regular screen 
theatres will have appeal. Around 

Cameo— "Sherlock Holmes" (Inde- 
pendent). Seats 550. Scale, 55-75. 
Second week. Business dropped off 
second week, but did better than 

Capitol ^ "The Wall Flower" 
(Goldwyn). Seats 5,300. Scale, 
mats., 35-55-85; eves., 65-85-$!. 10. 
Opened to capacity Sunday and 
continued to good business uiftil 
Wednesday, after which fell, with 
Friday and Saturday particularly 
bad because of holiday atmosphere. 
Little better than $31,000 on week, 
110.000 less than "The Storm" 
pulled previous week. 

Central — "The Delicious Little 
Devil" (Universal reissue). Seats 
960. Scale, 55-75. Fourth week for 
picture, overplaying, with result 
business slumped last week, drop- 
ping lo around $3,500 less than 50 
per cent, of gross week before. 

Criterion— "The Stroke of Mid- 
night* (Metro-Swedish Biogrtiph). 
Seats 886. Scale, 65-99. Third 
week, with business not holding up. 
Suffered in slump, with gross little 
below $4,000. 

Lyric — "Nero" (Fox Special). 
Seats 1,400. Scale. $1.65. Sixth 
Week. Going along at pace which 
speaks about $500 a day, although 
getting $300 for matinee July 4 from 
overflow of Republic next door. 
Doing about $3,500 on week. 

Rialto— "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" 
»nd "The Sheik" (Paramount). 
Seats 1,960. Scale. 50-85-99. For- 
mer picture booked in on strength 
John Barryniore "Sherlock Holmes" 
developod week previous at Cameo, 
and "The Sheik" for Valentino name of his draw at Central in 
"he Delicious Little Devil." Busl- 
nes.s $14,900. 

Rivoli — "While Satan Sleeps" 
(Paramount). Scats 2,210. Scale, 
50-85-99. Topped Rialto in business, 
unu.MJiil. Gross $16,200. 

Strand— "A Woman of No Impor- 
tance" (SHznick). Scat.s 2.980. 
Sf.lle, 30-50-85. Selznick p.-cple 
C'aim picture did in neighborhood 
of $UO,000 on week and they got a 
rental; aino .shared in part of re- 
ceipt.s. Week at Strand slightly 
bettor than $14,000. 
{ State— 'Hate' (Metro) and "Over 

the Border" (Paramount). Seats 
3,000. Scale, mats., 25-40; eves., 
40-55. Two pictures, with seven-act 
vaudeville show, got little better 
than $15,000 on week. 


Liberty $4,000 Last Week-^ 

"Sonny" Falls Down— 12th 

Street Under $2,000 

Kansas City, July 5. 
Welcome showers and cooling 
breezes brought some relief from 
the torrid weather of the preceding 
week, but failed to start the cash 
customers Into the picture shows, 
"Fascination," billed like a circus, 
with lurid paper and with a vocalist 
and classic dancer as added fea- 
tures to the picture, pulled the best 
busincFfi for a couple of weeks to 
the Newman, which got about all 
the downtown play. 

On the "midway." that partr of 
Twelfth street between Walnut and 
McGee, where, besides the Pan- 
tages and Twelfth Street theatres, 
there are the Victory, W^onderland, 
Gayoso and Idle Hour, all within a 
block, and all "shooting for a dime" 

Los Angeles, July 5. 
The biggest business that has 
been done in local picture houses in 
months was at Grauman's and the 
California for last week. Both 
houses developed unusual strength 
at the box office as the week pro- 
gressed. This week n looked to 
bring a real record for the summer, 
but the fire which occurred back 
staf^e at Grauman's Monday will un- 
doubtedly have the effect of holding 
.down buslnees generally. 

"The Storm" at the ?4i8sion this 
week got away to an excellent start, 
with the local dailies giving the 
Universal special a splendid send- 

At the Kinema last week the 
business fell off again with Kath- 
erine McDonald In "Domestic Rela- 
tions," b.ut this week began with 
capacity for the Initial 
showing locally of thcPathe fea- 
ture. "Nanook of the North," which 
has created tremendous Interest. 

Estimates for last week: 

Grauman's— "The r*ctator" (Par- 
amount). (.Seats 2,300; scale, mati- 
neea, 35c.; evenings, 55c.) Wallace 
Reid. Also Edna Wallace Hopper 
in person, telling folks how to get 
young. Miss Hopper received 
enough free publicity to fill any 
theatre and business was great. 
Opening especially heavy. Special 
matinee Friday for women only; 

California— "I Am the Law" (All 
Star Features). (Seats 2,000; scale, 
matinees, 25c.-35c.; evenings, 35c.- 
55c.) nig cact, got off to good start 
and at Miller's next week. Grossed 

K inema — "Domestic Relations" 
(First National). Katherlne Mc- 
Donald. Created no enthusiasm. 

Only Chaplins, Griffiths, Fairfoankt 
•nd Pickfordt Under U. A. 

with extra attractions business ia^^use has "Nanook of the N rth" 
the worst known. With the excep- 

tlon of the Twelfth Street and Pan- 
tages, all have dropped their newe- 
paper advertising and are depend- 
ing upon lobby displays, ballyhoos 
and the "grind." All have "Juice 
joints" in front which are making 
more money than the show. Just 
bow long some of thejo houses can 
stand the gaff Is a problem. 

For the current week the Tweltth 
Street will try for a couple of 
weeks with musical comedy a lit- 
tle more elaborate than the "tab" 
variety, offering "Oh, You Wild- 
cat/' an overseas revue, with a 
number of principals^**^^ chorus. 
The Newman has been strongly ad- 
vertising "The Woman Who \Valked 
Alone," and will strengthen the bill 
with several features. 

Last week's estimate: 

Newman — "Fascination** (Tiffany) 
(Seats 1,980. Scale: Mate, 35; 
nights, 50-75). Mae Murray, 
Creighton Hale and Helen Ware. 
Interpolated dance divertissement 
by Ruth Pryor. Best draw in town. 
About $12,000. 

Liberty — "A Real Adventure" 
(King Vidor production) (Seats 
2,000. Scale, 35-50; children, 15). 
Added feature Mary Pickford and 
King Baggot in "Going Straight," 
an antique of 12 years ago. made as 
a drama. Juvenile dancers and 
news reel completed the bill. Fea- 
ture failed to please, but most of 
the fans were entertained by the 
old Pickford film, more of a comedy 
now. Business failed to reach ex- 
pectatione. Gross around $4,000. 

Royal— "Sonny" (First National) 
(Seats 900. Scale. 35-50; children. 
10). Richard Barthelmess. Com- 
edy, " 'T was Ever Thus.'* Pauline 
Garon. who created leading femi- 
nine role, is Barthelmc.«'s' leading 
woman on screen. Picture patrons 
have been pretty well filled up with 
war stuff, and this picture failed to 
bring them in. Week's business far 
below normal. 

Twelfth Street— "Chasing - the 
Moon" (Fox Special) (Capacity. 
1,100; scale, adults 25; children 10). 
Tom Mix and Eva Novak, "Jaws of 
Steel," drama of the Northwest. 
and a Hal Roach comedy made up 
bargain counter bill for 25, but the 
drop-ins were few and reported 
gross IcJ-H than $2,000. This week 
the manaf,'ement will pjvo "tab" 
musical coniody a while in hupe.s of 
getting some business. 

Opprsition pictures at the pop 
vaude houses: "Evidence," Main- 
street; "The Prodi^ral Judtrf," I'an- 
tap's; "T)ie Black Bag," Globe;- 
"The Queen <>( Sh<ba" at the Isls 
and "The Rosary" at the Apollo, 
prominent residential theatres, aho 
heymly featured. 

this week; getting capacity play; 
$6,800 last week. 

Mitt ion— "A Fool There Was" 
(Fox). (Seatfl 800; scale, matinees, 
55c.; evenings, 65c.-80c.; lodges. 
$1.50.) This Fox special, which had 
its premier at Mission, made way 
Saturday for Universal-Jewel "The 
Storm," after Indifferent business. 
Estelle Taylor, star of Fox film, 
weak locally. 

Grauman's Rialto — "While Satan 
Sleeps" (Paramount). (Seats 800; 
scale, matinees, 35c.; evenings, 
55c.) Jack Holt. Coming along 
fast here. Business started poorly; 
picked up latter part of week. 
Grauman used Bathing Girl Revue 
as added attraction; $6,500 on the 

Miller's — "The Crossroads of New 
York" (First National). (Seats 900; 
scale, matinees, 30c.; eveninge. 40c.) 
Second week wa« last, as picture 
failed to get much play, although 
excellent production and probably 
could have done more In better lo- 
cated theatre; second week found 
gross $3,500. 


Local Picture Managers Deny 

Reports — Last Week's Heat 

Sent Trade Sliding 

Washington, July 5. 

Local picture managers deny all 
reports of closings for the summer. 
The reports started with the heat of 
last week that pent box office re- 
turns sliding for rock bottom. 

One of tho managers said the 
grosses now are about at the pre- 
war standard. 

Estimates for jast week: 

Loew's Palace— North of the Rio 
Grande. ' Full week. Held up fair- 
ly well. Picture liked. (Capacity 
2..'')00; 20-3r.). Did about $10,000. 

Loew's Columbia — "For tho De- 
foipe." Attracted fairly. Not up to 
pnvious week. Picture liked, but 
'^ general slump had effect. (Capacity 
1,200; 35 mat.; 35-50 nights.) Aroucd 

Moore's Rialto — "Yellow Men and 
Ool<l." Half houses throughrmt 
week. I'icturo has surprise Jinish 
and well produced. Lack of »<tar's 
name m.'iy have hurt draw. (Ca- 
pacity 1,700; scale, 30, mornings; 
40 mat.''.; 50 nights). Around 


Crandall's Metropolitan — "Primi- 
tive Lovf r." Held ev<n gait. Usual 
reason. About $8,000. 

It was substantially related this 
week that United Artists will never 
again market under Its own trade- 
mark and name the product of any 
but the four principals within the 
group, Chaplin, Griflllh, Fairbanks 
and Miss I'ickford. 

All the other independent produc- 
tions previously marketed under 
the auspices of the concern, such 
as the three Rex Beach pictures. 
one with Nazimova, Doris Keane 
and George Arliss. will hereafter be 
circulated by means of the new 
subsidiary entitled Allied Artists' 

It la understood that plans of 
large proportions are in the making 
for the expansion of this new sub- 
sidiary. United Artlstb has to 
maintain an expensive c'lain of ex- 
changes and a costly sales force, 
and the function of the new organ- 
ization will be to feed the distribu- 
tion system with film quantity in 
order that the cost load shall be 
lifted from the "Big Four" product 
as much as possible. 



"Some Wild Oats" Cleans Up 

— Two Others Continue 

to Attract 

San- Francisco, July 6. 

Two holdovers last week held up 
QUlte well. .At the Strand Fox's 
"Connecticut Yankee" played to 
second week of splendid business, 
while at the Tivoli "Sonny" stood 
up In good shape. 

The Granada did fairly well with 
"The Wall Flower." but at the Im- 
perial business was way off, the 
public not taking kindly to "My Old 
Kentucky Home." 

The Frolic (Universal features) 
is making money despite its small 

The Rialto, which for months )as 
been losing steadily and which >a8 
hopped and skipped from one p< iicy 
to another in an effort to retrieve 
business, cleaned up last week 
with a sensational sex picture en- 
titled "Some Wild Oats." This pic- 
ture was given a big advertising 
campaign and all advertisements 
carried announcements special hours 
would be set aside exclusively for 
women and men; also that no one 
under 16 would bo admitted. The 
first week the picture got $12.uuu, 
a big week for this house, and the 
second week held up exceptionally 
strong. There Is a possibility that 
the feature may be retained lor 
third week. 

California — "Our Leading Citizen" 
(Paramount), (Scats 2,780; scale, 
50-75-90C,). Thomas Meighan. Lead- 
ing all other houses; $16,000. 

Granada — "The Wall Flower" 
(Goldwyn). (Seats 3,100; scale, 50- 
75-90C.). Colleen Moore. Drew fair 
business: $13,000. 

Imperial — "My Old Kentucky 
Home" (Am, Releasing Co.). (Seats 
1,425; scale, 85-50-75c.). Monte 
Blue; $3,500. 

Strand — "A Connootlcut Yankee" 
(Fox). (Second week). (Seats 1,- 
700; scale, 25-50-75c,). Did well for 
second week; $9,000. 

Tivoli— "Sonny" (First National). 
(Second week). (Scats 2,240; scale, 
25-40C,). Richard Barthelmess. Also 
Mabel Normand in "Head Over 
Hcel.s," Goldwyn feature. Business 
held up well for holdover; $7,500. 

Frolic--"Out of the Silent Nortn * 
(ITniversal). (Seats 1,000; scale. 10- 
30c,). Frank Mayo. Doing profitable 
bu.siness; $4,000 on week. 

Rialto— "Some Wild Oats" (Spe- 
cial). (Seats 1,600; scale. 25-50c,). 
Showing to segregated audiences. 
First picture to make money for 
tho house in months. Drew $12,000 
first week and $8,000 second week. 



Harry J. Shepard has brought 
suit against the Klncto Co. of 
America, Inc.. for art accounting, 
alleging breach of contract calling 
for $300 weekly from Jan. 17 last 
and 5 per cent of the gross receipts 
as general fiale.<? director. Shepard 
was to have charge of all Kineto 
booking.«i, film printing orders, etc. 
He claims there arc several thou- 
sand dollars in excess of $20,000 due 
him which has not been forthcom- 
ing. Only an accounting can adjust 
the amount. 

The Kineto in a wubnidiary of the 
Urban Motion Picture InduHtrics, 

"Orphans of the Storm" Is 

Started — Plays Against 

Firm's Chicago 

Chicago, July 5. 
Five o'clock Saturday, the Bala- 
ban & Katz Roosevelt swung open 
to a^ endless chain. The Aschcrs* 
name was taken off tho outside of 
the theatre and B. & K, name sup- 
planted it. The opening saw tho 
following changes: A new screen, 
whereby each scene will be .«»een in 
true proportion from any seat in the 
house; new drapes and color 

schemes throughout the house, with 
the foyer done over to Italian red; 
now carpets, new illumination. sys- 
tem, and, in fact, the Roosevelt was 
made .into a new theatre, with tho 
exception of the construction. 

The transformed B. A K. Roose- 
velt has also rearranged the scale, 
charging 30 cents from 9:30 in the 
morning, when the theatre will 
open, to one o'clock in the after- 
noon, and 50 cents afternoons and 
evenings, while Saturday. Sunday 
and holidays the admission will be 
60 cents. The policy Is to be ex- 
clusively pictures, with no presen- 
tations and accompanying special- 
ties. Tho program for the Roose- 
velt, as announced, includes "The 
Prisoner of Zenda," "Blood and 
Sand," "Manslaughter," "Sherlock 
Holmes," and "The Masquerader." 
Likely the pictures will stay for two 
weeks each at the most. 

The opening picture was D. W. 
Griffith's "Orphans of the Storm," 
scheduled to hold over for 14 days. 
This picture did a two-a-day run 
at the Great Northern, a legit house, 
at a top of $2 Perhaps that one 
of the picture's stars, Joseph Schlld- 
kraut is appearing in town In 
"Lillom" may contribute with a 
strong punch. 

The other channels of develop- 
ments for the week revealed ordi- 
nary events. The deal has been con* 
summated of tha sale of Jones^ 
Linick A Schaefer's Bijou Dream. 
The B. & K. Roosevelt opening la 
lassoing most of the attention of 
the week, haying built It up to a 
high tension. This may put a dent 
into their Chicago theatre gro^s, 
which Is something to be expected* 
The Roosevelt will not do as much 
business as the Chicago, even 
though It Is giving twice as many 
performances a day, and will have 
a bigger turn over in patronage. 
Tho question that takes form Is 
whether the Roosevelt will help 
business at the Chicago, or whether 
It will hurt It to a degree of making 
the Roosevelt a disadvantage and 
whether the effect the Roosevelt 
ma; have upon the Chicago will be 
permanent or temporary. Balaban 
& Katz claim the Roosevelt Is for 
the purpose of making It an outlet 
for the many feature pictures they 
have contracted for. 

Last week in the movie theatres 
was quite tame, only two theatres 
really operating. The weather was 

Kstlmates for l&st week: 

"For the Defense" (Paramount), 
Randolph. Timid for thriller sup- 
posed to be. Dailies mentioned this. 
Week slipped to around $4,000, 

''While Satan Sleeps" (Para- 
mount), Chicago. Jack Holt. Ex- 
cellent notices. Business suffered 
from everything. Brown Brothers 
strengthen. Dragged out week to 
about $23,000. 

"Rote of the Sea," Roosevelt. 
Anita Stewart. Played up to 
Wednesday. Used for purpose of 
keeping house occupied until 
Wednesday night. Did negligible 
business. The Ascher Brothers, 
from now on, simply sit back and 
rake In their monthly rental. Thea- 
tre still their property and In their 
name. Balaban A. Katz aim to 
make this house paying affair. 
Opening film under the Balaban & 
Katz banner, "Orphans of the 
Storm," playing from Siturday 
night on for 14 days. 


Lillian Olsh, who recently organ- 
ized her own producing company, 
has not yet .selected her first story, 
although it is reported she has been 
in telegraphic communication with 
a Pacific director. 

She probably will one of tho 
Manhattan studios rather than 
travel back and forth to the Crifilth 
Marmaroncck establishment. 

A picture hnuse has boen opened 
in Milton. W. Va,, by T. H. Jorduc 
W)d K\ii.n Jityalls, . , 



Friday, July 7, 192S 


City. Tied. Up. by. Traction 

Walkout— Dull Gray 




Buffalo, July 6. 
An overpowering heat wave com- 
ing at the very close of the coolest 
June in recent years knockefl local 
box offices for a row of proverbial 
tombstones and pushed business at 
picture houses down to rock-bottom 

The week startpd heavy all 
around, with outlook for a bumper 
crop to round out the already quite 
satisfactory month of June. Mon- 
day and Tuesday reported big in all 
quarters. By Wednesday the hu- 
midity had 'era grogsy. business 
dropping out of sight and regKster- 
Ing a complete collapse. The end 
of the week was plumb hopeless, 
with the worst yet to come. 

At midnight Saturday street car 
men walked out, leaving entire city 
depeodent upon taxis and buses. The 
current week will probably be one 
of worst in local amusement hls- 
tor>'. Started off Sunday with down- 
town houses falling thousanda be- 
hind normal Sunday receipts. 

Lafayette Square took lead in 
groBS last week, but the figure 
means nothing in itself. Bva Tan- 
suay featured with • $2,500 men- 
tioned as salary. Theatre unfor- 
tunate in this booking at this time, 
Tanguay having cancelled two 
weeks ago. Weather then cool and 
house could have done thousands 
more gross. Business fell far be- 
low capacity last week, the end of 
the week particularly showing 

Loew's scored strongly for first 
three days, catching Lafayette over- 
flow besides its own trade. After 
Tuesday, however, it was all over 
but the post mortems. 

Hippodrome ambled along on low. 
Two excellent features failed to ^et 
any special play. House contin- 
uing to bring In big film attractions, 
*'Turn to the Right" featured this 

Outlook appears to be a dull gray. 
Business from no\^ on will be un- 
steady and will hug the lo^Y levels. 
Estimates for last week: 
Lafayette Square— Eva Tanguay 
and vaudeville. (Capacity, 3,400; 
scale, mats., 20c., 25c.; nights, 30c., 
BOc.) Tanguay boosted takings at 
this house, monopolizing billing for 
entire week. First half went to ca- 
pacity with other downtown houses 
getting overflow. Started to slide 
Wednesday but came back strong 
Thursday night. Balance of week 
very much off. Gross went slightly 
over $12,000, which does not spell 
much profit for house. Chief advan- 
tage of booking is prestige of play- 
ing Tanguay at popular scale. 

Hippodrome — "Man from Home." 
first half; "Silent Call," second halX, 
(Capacity, 2,400. Scale, mats., 20c., 
25c.; night, 30c., 50c.) Fell some- 
what under previous week's bus- 
iness. Both pictures well spoken of 
but failed to catch on. "Call" com- 
mented on as unusual feature and 
liked. House attempted special pub- 
licity, but stunt was not up to 
Ilipp's standard. Might better have 
played picture straight. Ov r $5,000. 
Loew's State — "Love's Boom- 
erang" and vaudeville. (Capacity 
2,400. Scale, mats., 20c.; nights, 30c. 
40c.) Stood them up for part of 
week, but business collapsed sharp- 
ly after Thursday. Picture looked 
good, but failed to interest. Vaude- 
ville and feature seemed somewhat 
above usual run, although both 
missed pleasing crowd. Around 

General Federation of Women's Clubf at Chautauqua 
— Co-operation with Better Picture Organiza- 
tions — Women Will Watch New Songs 

Buffalo, N. Y., July 5. 

Jazz and picture censorship were 
aniung the chief subjects considered 
by the General Federation of 
Women'3 Clubs at their biennial 
convention at Chautauqua last week. 
Over 5.000 v.-omcn representing every 
state in the union wore present. 

An active campaign against Jazz 
ar d sugijcsllve songs was Initiated 
by the federation. A special com- 
mittee appointed somb time ago re- 
ported a survey of popular music 
and claimed that two-thirds of 
present-day popular songs should 
be suppressed. As a result; special 
cnmmittppir are now being formed to 
watch new publications of music 
throughout the country. 

The picture situation proved one 
of the most dlfiUcult the federation 
was called upon to handle. Two 
conflicting recommendations were 
considered. One, advanced by the 
Georgia Federation * of Women's 
Clubs, was for the indorsing of 
better film organizations. The other, 

sponsored by Mrs. Woodallen Chap- 
man of New York, recommended co- 
operation with all organizations in- 
terested in improving pictures. 
After discussion, a resolution was 
passed offering co-operation to 
members of the industry and ap- 
proving "the effort now being made 
by the industry to raise the moral 
and artistic standard and develop 
the educational value of motion pic- 
tures" and "the effort of the in- 
dustry to stabilize its economic con- 
ditions to the end that thpre may be 
the fullest freedom for developrrrent 
of creative ability." 

Will H. Hays addressed the con- 
vention, taking for his subject 
"Upbuilding the Nation's Life 
Through the Motion Picture.' Hays' 
talk was a neat bit of propaganda 
and, although he was bombarded 
with questions at the close of h!s 
address, the general consensus Is 
that a decidedly favorable impres- 
sion was left upon the thousands of 
delegates who represented every 
state in the union. 

Hays told the women that ho 
"learned about women's clubs at his 
mother's knee and had a most 
wholesome respect for them ever 
since," and cited reforms brought 

about by women in his home town 
of Sullivan, Jnd. 

*'I recognize In the organized 
womanhood of the country, as rep- 
resented by this general federation 
of women's clubs, the most potent 
force we have for practical pro- 
gression toward better things. I 
have come here to endeavor to enlist 
that power in the most active, con- 
structive way possible to the cer- 
tain end that there is actually at- 
tained the highest possible standard 
of motion picture production." 

At the finish of his address, a 
fusillade of questions concerning 
the movies were directed at the 
speaker from all parts of the con- 
vention floor. Women delegates, 
firing one query after another, asked 
why clergymen so often are depicted 
as ridiculous in the films; if he in- 
dorsed the statement of one man in 
the industry that "Fatty" Arbuckle 
is 100 per cent, perfect, and kin- 
dred interrogations. 

Hays unqualifiedly condemned the 
depiction of ministers as being 
ridiculous, and said that this is one 
of the many things to be eliminated. 
He declared that he regarded the 
use of the screen for propaganda 
purposes and political advertising 
as a misuse of the cinema. 

Censorship is not the solution to 
the problem. Hays said, for in the 
last analysis the opinion and moral 
judgment of the people is the only 

Several representatives of the 
producers and exhibitors were 



Loew's Big- Boston House Has All 

Discussions Not Discussed, 
and Committees Absent — 
Personal Enmity Apparent 

Chicago, July 6. 

A special meeting was called of 
the Illinpis Motion Picture Theatre 
Owners at the Blackstone Theatre 
June 30. Outside of crossfire talk, 
which brought out personal enmity, 
and a general discussion over not 
needing the magnates like Balaban 
& Katz, Ascher Brothers, Jones, 
Linick &, Schaefer and Lubllner & 
Trinz, no headway was made. Gen- 
eral dissatisfaction prevailed when 
the meeting adjourned. , The sub- 
jects for discussion, but which were 
not discussed, were the daylight 
saving law, closing of theatres dur- 
ing the summer. Hoy Reporting Ser- 
vice, the high rentals made by dis- 
tributors, the Better Pictures As- 
sociation of the World and the pro- 
posed tying up with the W. W. 
Hodkinson exchange of New York 
on a percentage basis for the total 
business Illinois did. 

The personal arguments became 
very heated at times, with many 
walking out. 

The various committees appointed 
to submit a report were not present. 

About one-quarter of the member- 
ship was present. A resolution con- 
demning ♦he Hoy reporting system 
was unanimously adopted. 

Boston, July 6. 

As far as the first run release 

houses are concerned but three are 

now being operated in this city, and 

of the trio only one is suflllclcntly 

important to warrant attention and 
serve as a criterion to the condi- 
tion of business. That is Loew's 
new State. 

This theatre, by far the most pre- 
tentious picture house in this part 
of the country, has been watched 
with special Interest. It was real- 
ized that if the house was in a 
fertile territory (and it was proven 
within a few weeks it was), It 
would become the barometer for 
business throughout the city. In 
other words, as the State went, so 
went the others. 

There is no doubt now that the 
State can keep operating at a profit 
consistently. In the past couple 
of months it has felt the effects of 
all the bad conditions, including the 
natural depression now prevalent 
and the weather breaks, which have 
always a bearing on business. The 
lowest figure it has touched Is 
$8,500, and It has done above (12,000. 
Last week the gross was about 
$9,000. This was slightly less than 
the general run for this time of 
year. The week before the gross 



Complainant Interested in 
Stanley Chain — Trade Com- 
mission May Start Inquiry 

Philadelphia, July 6. 
The suit which Fred O. Nixon- 
Nirdllnger has instituted in the 
Common Pleas Court here against 
the Film Board of Trade, in which 
he charges that they are an illegal 
combination In restraint of trade, 
may result in considerable kick- 
back in the form of an investiga- 
tion by the Federal Trade Commis- 
sion into the activities of the Stan- 
ley Company, with which Nixon- 
NIrdllnger is allied. The distributors 
against whom the action is directed 
are speaking of asking the govern- 
ment to look into the Eastern 

Pennsylvania situation In regard to 
the control of the motion picture 
theatres in the territory that is ex- 
ercised by the Stanley group, In 
retaliation for the suit which is 
now pending. 


Tragedy In Making Film "VaU 

ley of Silent Men"— Tried 

to Move Scow from Rock 

♦ i 

Montreal, July s. 

While shooting the last scene of 
the picture "The Valley of Silent 
Men," by James Oliver Curwood, 
Jack Robinson, a technical expert of 
the Cosmopolitan company, and 4 
groom of two weeks, lost his \it% 
on the Kipawa Liner on Lak» 
Temlskaming in Northern Quebec, 
His body was immediately recovered 
and passed through Montreal for 
New York. 

The accident occurred while Rob-. 
Inson, a former sailor and deep i«a 
diver, was trying to remove a scow 
from a rock located in the middle 
ftf the river bed while camera men 
were shooting the scene. The scow 
became stuck on the rock and It was 
ncces.sary to have A removed. All 
efforts for some time failed when 
young Robinson declared it seemed 
easy to him, according to the story 
told by artists of the Cosmopolitan, 
who are at the Windsor Hotel here 

Frank Borzage, director of the 
production, appeared dee^jly mo^'ed 
over the accident, declared the 
drowning occurred in the simplest 
manner. Robinson had a rope round 
him at the time and waded out to 
the rock in the scow to endeavor to 
remove it. He tried but failed, a 
at last got up to the end of 
where there was a terrible suctlo 
Ho held on to the scow, while th 
rope was held by men on the shor 
who tried everything to save hlra 
The rope became tangled in th 
rocks, and before assistance could] 
reach him he was swept .under 

Alma Rubens Is the leading lady| 
In the picture. She had left Temls- 
kaming two days before the accident 
occurred. Some 30 scenes were 
taken around the rapids on the river 
and the one which they were taking 
was the last one. 

The picture deals with the North- 
west Mounted Police, and is almost 

The bride of the victim in New 
York was notified. 



7be United Artists Corp., througi 
O'Brien, Malevinsky & Driscoll, ii 
suing Malcom D. Gibson in the Nei 
York Supreme Court for $2,650 t( 
enforce bookings on two U. A. pro« 
ductlons Dec. 21, last. Gibson 
the manager of the Mozart, Elml 
N. Y. On that date he agreed U 
book "Little Lord Fauntleroy" an< 
the "Three Musketeers" at $1,1 
each plus 5 per cent, film rental 
paying 250 down 00 each pict< 
He later refused to show the fll 
and is being sued for breach 


Los Angeles, July 6. 

In an effect to keep the studio 
actively engaged in production work 
and to encourage independent pro- 
duction, the United Studios, former- 
ly Brunton's, have placed a stock 
issue of $350,000 with one of the 
financial houses here. When floated 
the returns will be utilized for the 
financing of Independent produc- 

The fast fading Independents have 
practically left the United lot in a 
position where it was necessary for 
:Just such a move to attract pro- 
ducers. The local bankers have 
closed down tight in loans for pic- 
ture production and the directors 
who were wont to take a chance 
with outside capital when they 
couldn't land straight Jobs find It 
impossible to go ahead along the 
•ame lines at thiib tlm6. 


Chicago, July 6. 

Jones, Llnlck & Schaefer have 
sold their Bijou theatro at State 
and Monroe streets to Strauss Bros, 
for the Keough Candy Co. for $225,- 
000. The candy firm takes posses- 
sion within the next few weeks. 

The Bijou is one of the old stand- 
bys of J., L. & S., but has not been 
a worthwhile investment for many 

The Nixon-Nirdlinger action was 
was ubout $11,000, due to Harvard | started as a result of his acquisition 

Justice Platzek In the New York 
♦Supreme Court has dismissed the 
complaint against all but W. W. 
Hodkinson In Alice M. Long's and 
Frank J. Marlon's half-mllllon- 
dollar damage suit against Fred- 
erick L. Collins. H. S. Duell. Ray- 
mond Pawley and Hodkinson. The 
plaintiffs alleged false representa 
tions to induce them to exchange 
Paramount and Progressive film 
stock for Superplctures. Inc.. shares. 
At trial the Jury disagreed as to 
Hodkinson. Justice Platzek ad- 
judicated for the defer.dants other 
than Hodkinson without prejudice 
to the plaintiffs' renewing their 
claims in an action differing from 
the present complaint. 

commencement week. A figure of 
$9,000 for a week like last week is 

If the house can touch $8,000 this 
week, everybody connected with the 
organization will be Jubilant. The 
opening day, Monday, found the city 
sweltering on the second hot day, 
with the city practically deserted 
because of the thousands who had 
been granted a three-day holiday. 
Every large department store and 
most of the small stores and big 
business houses closed over the 
Fourth. But Monday afternoon 
found a fair house, and everybody 
who did attend was a booster when 
he '^ft, for the Interior of the 
theatre was about 30 degrees cooler 
than outdoors. 

The State, being very modern In 
construction, built with an eye for 
steady business all the year round, 
has ample space for ventilation, 
cooling and, in direct to 
the great majority of other picture 
houses in town, makes watching 
pictures a pleasure instead of a 

Loew's State (25-50c.; rapacity. 
4.000). Jack Holt in "The I'n- 
conquerable* this weel<. with "The 
Spanish Jade" with David Powell 
underlined. Last week, with "The 
Woman Who JSSalUed Alone* and 
"Don't Write Letters." grossed 
I Modern (28-40c.; capacity, 800). 

to the Ambassador theatre here, he 
taking over the house from the Felt 
Brothers. When he took over the 
management of the house he in- 
formed those who held contracts for 
film service that he did not intend 
to assume any of the obligations 
that the fprmer owners had con- 
tracted feh 

In an effort to adjust the mat- 
ter a hearing was held before the 
Film Board of Trade and the find- 
ings of that body cau.sed the thea- 
tre owner to bring suit. 

There has been but one similar 
action, which was brought by a 
Nebraska exhibjtor named H. G. 
Blndcrup against the Omalia Board 
of Trade and specifically the Gold- 
wyn company for refusal of service 
after a decree of the board. The 
matter was carried to the .'-uprrmo 
Court in that state, with the board 
being upheld in the decision tlnally 
handed down. With this proccdint 
to act on. the Philadelphia hoard 
feels that It will be nblo to defeat 
the XlKon-Nirdlingor action. 

Doris May In "The rnderstu<l.v.' 
with "When llom.incc Kidc" und.?r- 
llncd. AI)ou*t $4,000 Lift v.c k with 
"Clory of Clementin.r* and 'lUad 

Beacon. — Cnparltv, price.*; and at- 
tractions .same an MddiM'n, atul busi- 
ness about on a par. 

Hemlalt Flchtenberg of Ne# 
Orleans, accompanied by his wife, ll 
to sail for Europe on the "Beren* 
garla" next Tuesday (July 11). Thf 
Fichtenbergs expect to travel tot 
the bigger part of six months and 
return to this country by the way of 
the Orient. 

Flchtenberg recently disposed of 
his picture theatre holdings In New 
Orleans and his interest in the ex* 
change located in Atlanta. 

Paul Mooney, the Eastern repre* 
sentatlve of Louis B. Mayer, left 
yesterday (Thursday) for a trip that 
will take him as far west as Omab» 
and Kansas City. The general re* 
lea^e of the Mayer-Stahl production, 
"One Clear Call," is the reason for] 
the Jaunt. 

The suit of the U. S. Printing a: 
Lithographic Co. against Patrick A 
Powers, Harry M. Warner and Al* 
bert Warner, which has been peiw* 
Ing since 1514, was tried for a sec* 
ond time before Justice Delehanty 
In the New Yonk Supreme Coun_ 
who held that the Warners are 
equally liable with Powers ^o'^JtJ: 
balance on a printing bill. TW 
plaintiff asked $44,661 ior serVlcej 
rendered Warner Pictures. Inc., 01 
which Powers was an ofncer 
.Tn.stlce Dolrhanty decided oW 
JT.'J.'a Is due the plaintiff. TW 
Warner Pictures. Inc., has sH** 
gone out of bu.^lness 

Friday, July 7. 1982 







;/^erican Releasing Secures Unparalleled Contract with Veterans' Organization — AH Legion Posts, State 
Commands and National Headquarters Participate in Proceeds of Specially Selected Features — 
^•Cardigan" First— 1007o Coverage of the U. S. Within Three Months — Complete Co-operation 
from Legion 



Only $4,000 Damage — Hap- 
pened Through Short Circuit 
During Performance . 



One of the largest film negr>tia- 
tions made in the Industry has Just 
been Completed by Walter E. Greene 
And Fred B. Warren of th'e Ameri- 
can Releasing Corp.. with the 
, American Legion. The Messmore 
^Kendall production of "Cardigan 
twill be placed In 5.000 picture the- 
atres of the country through the 
local posts of the war veterans' or- 
ganization, which took over "Car- 
Sigan" as the picture that it ic- 
quired in their Americanization 

Beginning August "Cardigan 
' -will be playing in cities and towns 
cf less than 20,000 population from 
coast to coast utilizing the full 100 
' prints that have been issued 
through the American Releasing. 
In Minnesota 150. towns are playing 
the picture this nr onth under Amer- 
* Jean I-egion auspice.-^ by virtue of a 
contract made two months ako by 
Frank Mantzke, Minneapolis man- 
ager of American Releasing. Tne 
dctertnination on the part of the 
LLegion to make the use of the pic- 
i tare nationwide was closed about 
two weeks ago, the negotiations be- 
ing closed with the American's 
home office officials and Sarle A. 
Meyer, head of the American L.c- 
jion Film Service. 

American Releasing has also en- 
tered into an arrangement with tne 
Legion local posts for the playing 
•f five additional features it has 
recently issued. The pictures are 
Martin Johnson's Jungle Adventures,. 
-Belle of Alas'-.a.'-' "The Lying 
Truth," "The Cradle Buster" and 
-The Mohicans' Daughter." 

Thousa'nds of local posts of the 
Legion effect an exploitation tie-up 
with the theatres in the sman^^.- 
towns and co-operate not only with 
the theatre in the sale of tickets but 
actually perform the booking of the 
feature on a percent.ige basis 
whereby the local poist receives a 
certain share in excess of a stipu- 
lated gross after the picture has 
been placed with the exhibitor. 

On the production of "Cardigan ' 
the contracts are being made in 
triplicate with a copy for the e3c- 
kibitor, one for the home office and 
a third for the Legion. The picture 
is booked for either one day or 
longer, with the Legion setting the 
play dates on a two weeks* advance 
notice to the exhibitor, so that the 
local post can give the theatre its 
fullest co-operation. 

The national body places the 
matter in the hands of the state 
commander in each sta-te and he in 
turn delegates the matter of book- 
ing to each of the local posts. Each 
•f the state headquarters receives 
* percentage from each of the local 
posts. In Minnesot . the money be- 
ing raised in that state Is being 
devoted to the building fund for a 
State Legion hospital. In turn the 
national headquarters of the legion 
also receives a percentage of whac 
the state commands receive. 

A friendly rivalry is existing be- 
tween the various states v/ith na- 
tional headquarters asking for a 
delivery of at least 75 pe.- cent, of 
the towns, but all of the state com- 
manders are «triving for 100 per 

The American Releasing han 
turned out a booklet of sales in- 
struction that is forwarded to each 
^ post commander and he in turn in- 
f et.ucts his membership through 
^ Ir'^ medium. A scale of irriges on 
»« rental of the pictures is laid 
Jown according to population, and 
this is set worth in the .salcrf 

Through the Legion tie-up. ac- 
cording to Messrs. Greene and War- 
'«n, the American Releasing will 

» inn^*" three months' time obtain 
100 per cent, sales coverage of the 
country which under ordinary cir- 
cumstances lakes anywhere from 18 
months to two years to attain, in 
picture Kales the most efficient .«<ales 
organization can only hope even in 

i inat time to get about 65 per cent. 
Vnt^^ ^i^''|>4ry covered in bookings, 
th J ^^^ Legion posts working for 
ineir percentage get over the 
ground Trom one end of the coun- 
"*y to another and as far as sales 


Margaret A. Black (picture.s), 
who has been mentioned In th& 
Ward murder mystery, is suing Bela 
S. Black in the New York Supieme 

Court for separation, asking $1.^>0 
weekly maintenance and $2,000 
counsel fee. The couple were mar- 
ried Se: '. 4, 1910. Mrs. Black al- 
leges her husband, who is 20 year« 
her senior, is unusually jealous, 
cruel, and with non-sup r*. 

They had lived apart for a time, 
she In a Central I'ark West apart- 
ment and he at the Hotel Claridge, 
New York. Mrs. Black admits she 
received voluntary separate main- 
tenance of $85 weekly, later reduiMMl 
to $65 and then to $30, and stopped 
altogether May 16 last. This was 
the cause of her seeking employ- 
ment in pictures to support her- 
self, f he admits It has been mildly 

Regarding the Ward angle, she 
charges her husband and his attor- 
neys with having issued statements, 
stating "Due to the publicity in 
connection with a matter in which 
I have no interest or aiuaintance, 
except for the fact that 1 had once 
met Mr. Ward, 1 received notoriety 
of ttie most unpleasant sort, which 
mjidc me so ill that I required at- 
tendance of a physician." 

Frederick E. Goldsmith is acting 
for the defendant. 


Famous Free in Territory to 

Exploit Pictures Without 



The controversy wagring for sev- 
eral weeks between £ol Lesser and 
the Associated First National over 
the placing of a $450,000 exhibition 
valuation on the Jackie Coogan pro- 
duction of "Trouble" was finally ad- 
justed this week, with the result 
the picture remains with the circuit 
for distribution at the figure orig- 
inally placed on It. 

The Leasers wanted a $500,000 
valuation, claiming the test weeks 
it played were at a time of the year 
when no normal line could be ob- 
tained on the drawing power of the 
production. They stated that unless 
their figure was placed they would 
withdraw from First National. 

An orde/ was issued to all of the 
exchanges recalling the picture and 
ordering the cancellation of dates 
booked before the two factions 
reached an understanding. Irving 
Lesser acted for his brother, Sol, in 
the negotiations, while President 
Leiber of First National represented 
the circuit. 

. A result of the purchase of the 
interests of Alfred S. and John A. 
Black in the chain of New England 
theatres by Famous Players may re- 
sult in a combination In that terri- 
tory of the Black houses and those 
that are controlled by William Gray 
in Maine. The sale of the Black in- 
terests came as a direct result of 
Famous Players obtaining coptrol 
of the majority of stock in the cor- 
poration through their purchase of 
the interest of another partner la»t 

There are about 45 theatres in the 
Black chain, and Harold Franklin, 
after leaving Shea in Buffalo, made 
an extended trip around the circuit 
as soon as he became associated 
with Famous Players. Almost im- 
mediately after the return of Frank- 
lin, Famous made the deal to take 
over the interest held by the two 
Blacks. In the Gray chain, in which 
Nate (Jordon of Boston is one part- 
ner, he having put about $350,000 
into the company, and the Governor 
of Maine is also interested, there 
are about 15 theatres. A tie-up of 
the two circuits would place prac- 
tically the entire New England ter- 
ritory in a combination that would 
make it almost impossible for any 
independent to gel his product into 
the houses there without being will- 
ing to accept whatever price was 

Famous Players, it is understood, 
kas designated Harold Franklin to 
look after the theatres, but in the 
event of a deal -ith Gray the latter 
will undoubtedly book the houses 
located in Maine, New Hampshire 
and Vermont. 

Abe Spitz was the former partn< r 
In the (hain, who disposed of his 
holding to Famous last winter. 


Los Angeles, July 5. 

Irvln Martin, art director, was 
granted a divorce from Eleanor 
Martin, his bride of 24 hours, by 
Judge Summerfleld last week when 
witnesses testified that the bride 
had time and again said she "mar- 
ried him to get a picture career" and 
"for his money." 

The couple married May 14 and 
separated the following day, when 
the husband gave the wife $100 for 

Bruce McRae in Coogan Film 

Los Angeles. July 5. 

Bruce McRae was signed by Ja< k 
Coogan Monday to appear In the 
screen production of an Elinor Glyn 
story, which the father of the 
screen's child wonder Is to produce. 

The picture Is to be made by the 
Western Features Co., whkh the 
elder Ccx.gan heads, at the Ignited 
Studios, After Its' compl* tlon Mc- 
Rae is going east to return to th#' 
legitimate stage. 

are concerned cover It thoroughly 
It Is only the matter of dates that 
takes up Ihe time in getting the 
full value out of the runp bo' • --. 
That the Legion co-operation is 
giv«n in the smaller towns it* at 
this time showing the result of ob- 
taining a (wo-day booking in housos 
where heretofore one day lb* 


William Sherrill Reported Organiz- 
ing Along Coast Lines 

William Bherrlll returned to New 
York this week after an absence of 
about a year. He has spent the 
greater part of his time In Los An- 
geles and Chicago. In the latter 
city he promoted a i>icture deal 
whereby the Catholic churches take 
over a feature production of a re- 
ligious nature and exploit it. 

Sherrill, while on the coast, ab- 
sorbed some of the Ideas that have 
made the "finance corporations" 
there successful, and he Us at pres- 
ent engaged In pr(»motIng Buch an 
institution for New York. In the 
wfst, the finance corporation busi- 
ness has grown to tremendous pro- 
portion.^. They stand ready to 
finance most any propositloi where 
the purcha*<er buys on the install- 
ment plan. This Includes automo- 
biles, houses, furnishings, etc. 

In homes and automobiles the 
biggest pait of the busines." Is done 
with the banks usually ready to 
di*«count the paper of a finance cor- 
pora ion, where they would not 
perform th t service for the indi- 
vidual. Sherrill has lined up a num- 
ber of bank roll people in the east, 
and will in all lik»-lihood have his 
organization workirig early in the 


San Franc i«co, " ne 28. 

G. M ("Broncho Billy") And* r 
son was here last we» k 
making two reel eomedie.s 
Arigfles with Stan Liiurel 
.*^ t a I . 

AinlMSon (iJiirrs a rrUasing ar- 
rangrmrril with Metro for the dis- 

}U is 
in Los 
as the 


Hiram Abrams, head of United 
Artists, and who exercises prac- 
tically one-man control over the 
Chaplin - Griffith - Fairbanks-Piek- 
ford film product, fell 111 last wrrk 
upon his return from California. 
The doctors warned of n nervtims 
breakdown and ordered him to re- 
main at home resting all of last 
week. It was rei)orted he might 
have to remain inactive most of this 
week as well. 

The strings of important exten- 
sions for United Artists have been 
entirely in Abrams hands, and when 
he was compelled to remain away 
fi'^im business the plant practically 
ceased to function. 

Los Angeles. July 5. 
A fire back stage at Grauman'i 
during the Baatinee Monday caused 
damage to the extent of about 
$4,000. The theatre will remain 
dark for the balance of this week. 
There was no panic and no casual^ 

ties among the audience. 

The blaze started during the 
presentation of a special old timers* 
act when a crossed wire caused a 
short circuit. It Ignlttd the drapes 
used In the turn, (iforge Ormstrora, 
stage manager, and Oscar Briggs, 
one of the players, sustained burns 
trying to fight the fire. 

The cOolheadednesH of the em^ 
ploye.s, headed by Sid (Jrauman, got 
the audience out of the theatre 
quietly before the lire app.ifatus ar-^ 
rived, with Henry Muitagh. organ* 
ist, continuing to jday while the 
house emptied. 

It is feared locally tho fire will 

have something of an effect on the 

business in the picturf houpefl for 

the balance of the week. , 



R. A. Walsh has sailed from San 
FrancLsco for Tahiti, In the South 
Sea Islands, to begin work on the 
first picture he Is to direct for the 
Goldwyn organization. The pro- 
duct.'on Is entitled "Captain Black- 
bird," by Carey Wilson. 

The company will start on Its re- 
turn voyage Aug. 23, arriving in San 
Francisco about Sept. 6. 


Columbus, Ind., July 5. 

Because they cannot compete 
with the automobile in hot weather,' 
all film house managers have agreed 
to operate only Friday and Satur« 
day nights until Sept. 1. 

They tried operating alternate 
weeks, only one house being open 
at a time, but there was not enough 
patronage. ^ 


Winik Case Adjusted Out of Court on Payment tdf 
Company of $100,000 and Cancellation of West* 
crn Import Contract in Perpetuity — New Deal 

The Triangle suit against Hyman 
Winik arid Western Import, whicii 
had as its object the contract In 
perpetuity for the foreign distribu- 
tion of Triangle films wa.s setthd 
late last week by a ronfrrence 
among the attorneys before Justice 
F'inch in Special Term of the New 
York Supreme Court, 

This adjudication together with 
the previous settlement out of court 
with the Aitken Brothers reduces 
Triangle's liabilities by a substan- 
tial amount and adds book assets of 
$1,375,000. of whhh $100,000 Is in 
cash paid by Western Import an<l 
the rest stock surrendered to the 
company by the Altkens In settle- 
ment of Triangle's claims against 
them for sums aggregating $3,000,- 
000. By the terms of the Altkens' 
settlement the former officers sur- 
rendered to the company 240,000 
shares of the common stock of face 
value of $5 a share and 15 shares 
of the preferred . stock of the same 
par. This stock upon Its return lO 
the company is automatically can- 
celled and its passing materially In- 
creases the holdings of the other 

Probably as important as any 
point In the tangled litigation Is 
the termin.ition of the Western 
Import contract for for»lgn dis- 
tribution. Origin.'illy W<'stern Im- 
p(»rt held foreign rights to Triangle 
pictures forever, but this agreement 
has been cancelled and In its place 
Triangle and Western Import have 
entered Into a new contract, limited 
in sf:ope and provirling for u itt- 
vision of jn-oflts on foreign «x- 
ploitatfon bftwe«"n Triangle and 
Western import. These o[»eratioris 
cover TriangU- reissues of a lar^v? 
number of pictuirs as well as 
screen rights to stories and rights 
for new produ* tion of picturis *»i- 
nady giade. Ii. the numb«r are a 
group of i>i(turfs starring 
Fairbanks, wTlliam S. Hart, FranK 
Kepnan and oih»r noted nam#'S. 

The trial before Justice Fuun 
l.isti'd tl ree Weeks. Mr>rf than 100 
d<»i uments were put in evitlence and 
1,000 p: gys of testimony . wv**? 

written. Arthur Butler Graham ap* 
peared for Trian;,'lfc while the de- 
fendants were represented by ?:d- 
ward L. Moone; and William L, 
Wemple. Higley, .Sherman & Boofli 
appeared in behalf of the two Alt- 
ken.s, although at the opening of the 
proceedings the lawyers announced 
that a settlement had already been 
made out of court Insofar as those 
co-defendants were concerned. 


Kessels Atkino $9,000 Under Vir* 
ginia Judgment 

Although the Triangle-Altken- 
Wlnlk suits have bee-n disposed of, 
the Altkens are again linked legally 
with Triangle In another action by 
Adam Kessel, Jr., and Charles KeS". 
sel against the film company to re- 
cover $39,255 In New York on a 
Judgment for that amount awarded 
them In Virginia last January. This 
action will come up for trial next 

Arthur Butler Grah;im. counsel for 
the Triangle, contends the contract 
upon whioh the action is ba.sed Is 
not valid. They alle^j' Harry and 
Hoy Altke»^ led them to enter Into 
the agreement to buy 89 QOO shares 
of stock In question, although the 
corporation wan a million dollars in 
debt at the time. 

The Kessrls brought suit In Vir- 
ginia, as the Triangle Is chartered 
in that state. Mr. (Jraham's con- 
tention is that the filfTig of the suit 
there wa*' for the purpose of gettln/iip 
around the New York .'^tatc laws 
whifh would invalidate such an 
agreement. This def«nse did not 
prove favorable f<»r Triangle In the 
Virginia court. 

Tlje has fo'jnter sue<l 
for $ftn,000 (lam;iK«s. The Kessels* 
motlr>n before Justire .McAvoy in ih6 
New York Supreme Court last week 
to di.^nirs the counterclaim, .strike 
out the answer and riffirm the judg-i 
ment was denied. The suit is caN 
endared for n«^t week Xor trml. 


^nday, July 7, jgg^ 

.,';.»•>* -'V -•; . 






■ •.V 












Will Open Next Season on or About August ilst. Bigger, Better, Greater and Grander Than Everi 

All New Faces, Book, Scenery and Costumes. Entire New Show 

P. S.— Just Played an Old Home Week (June 12th), for the B. F. Keith Circuit (Proctor's 58th Street 
and Prospect Theatre, Brooklyn) . Another Grand Circuit Where You Get Your Mpney and Wonder- 
ftd treatment, with My Banjo Act, Assisted by Veneta Pomfret at Piano, Ellen Murray and Lilly 

Livingston, Two Chorus Pages. 

MY ACT Was an ABSOLUTE RIOT, STOPPED THE SHOW Every Performance, and Just as 
Variety Said, My New Verses to "Give Me Credit" Song Were Written by BILLY K. WELLS, and 
the Act Booked by ALF. T. WILTON, Palace Theatre Bldg., New York City 



Permanent Address: 145 State Street, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Phone 385 Main 




PubllHhod Weekly at 154 Wefft 4Clh St.. New York. N. T.. by Variety. Inc. Annual iiub»cript>on |7. Binslo coplM S« r«nU. 
Bntered as aerond claaa matter De<-ember 22, 190S, at th» Pont Office at New York. N. T.. under ttie Act of March t, ll7t. 


VOL. LXVII. No. 8 






A. L. Erlanger and Lee Shubert Agreed Upon It for 
Their Bookings — ^Alsb for Shubert Vaudeville — 
A Commendable Understanding 


Since the legitimate bookings of 
.the Erlanger and Shubert offices 
have beon combined through agree- 
ment, the understanding ha« been 
reached by A. L. Erlanger and Lee 
Shubert that no offen.slve racial ref- 
erence nor caricature 'will bo al- 
lowed In the theatres booked by the 
combined syndicates. The racial 
order extends to Shubert vaudeville 
In addition. 

By "offensive reference" is meant 
tny reference In story, dialog. Joke, 
gag or song that would be offenslvo 
to the r-.embers of the race it aimed 
At, such as the Irish or Jew or 
lAtln, particularly, though the edict 
mentions all races. A harmless 
(Continued on page 4) 


American Society Apportions 

$38,000— Should Have 

Been $60,000 

1^ The American Society of Com- 
poeers, Authors and PuUll«horH de- 
clared its Kixth royalty dividend, 
the authors and publishers to di- 
vide $38,000 amongst them.selve.s. 
This Ifl ilio largest royalty melon 
yet, although it would have euHily 
totaled $Ga,000 had all the pic- 
ture exhibitors, dance hall and 
cabaret managers paid their mu- 
*io taxes. In many 
*he pr(«.=^sing of the 1 e by the 
A. S. C. A. and 1'. would h;ivc In- 
uucGd l)r>nkruptcy procewlingfj and 
on Individual request the tax que.s- 
tlon was Iriid o.slfle for nnollier 
Quarter wlien the looked foi im- 
Provement in h)»ow lm.«iliit»Hrt wiil 
"•'iiK in tiu' 

The publisliers 
and the wriiors the name 
^f tile pn:>!i.shei 
will »eceiv( 

I^hat. and CImsh 
erH. A COiiminLtrts UBUttiiy i»4»- 
^^tlon., (he writers' quarterly in- 


200 Names SubmittecJ— City 
to Add 100— License Com- 
missioner May Be Named 

Voluntary stage censorship for 
Broadway, starting in the fall, is 
now up to the city. The jury panel, 
made up of names submitted by thfl 
Producing Managers' Association, 
Authors' League of America. Equity 
and the various organizations de- 
signed for advancement of the 
drama. Is now in. The total list 
of accepted names numbers 200, or 
two-thirds of the entire panel. The 
city will nominate the other 100 
names to complete the panel, the 
combined committee having the 
right to reject .such names as they 
agree on. 

Tho city's quota of Jurors will 

probably be submitted by License 

Commissioner CSilchrKst. , Recently 

a committee appointed by the heads 

(Continued on page 4> 


Briaknest Around Big Of- 
fices — ArtisU Holding Out 
f6r More Salary — Crowd- 
ing August with Try-Out 
Dates — No Rush of New 
Plays Before Labor Day 


Activity in legitimate production 
was reported all along Broadway 
this week, with more briskness 
about the big Qfflces than noted in 
months. Most of the theatres open^ 
are being used for rehearsals and 
tho renting Of halls has begun. 

About the agencies it was stated 
more ehgagements seemed available 
than expected, but there appeared 
a tendency among artists to hold 
out for bigger salaries than offered. 

A crowding of try-out dates was 
indicated for August. The first sign 
.some new attractions would roach 
Broadway during that month was 
noted. There is no rush of na^ 
plays aimed for entrance on.Broad- 
(Contlnued on page 12) 


Cohan's Grand and Studebaker Not In — Nor Sel- 
wyns' Nor Harris' New Houses — ^Joint Bookings 
by Shuberts-Erlanger 


Indianapolis' Mayor Opposed 
by City Council— No Pro- 
fessionals Wanted 

Indianapolis, July IS. 

Jobs of 30 profe9«i'^n»»l« in the 
two municipal stock companies 
playing in the free open air tno- 
atres at Oarflold and Brookslde 
park hang in the balance. 

The city council, on a rampage 
against Mayor Lew Shank, to whom 
the open air theatres are rh dear 
as a child, has passed an ordinance 
prohibiting expenditure of public 
money upon professional theat- 
ricals In the parks. Amateurs are 
(Continued on page 4) 




pf Poet-Warrior 



inuMiu tax feea in 

v.'ill divide $19,000 
CliU».s A ni<';r>b«'r.s 
, CI iss B hair of 
C half of Cl.isH B 
committee usually (w 


Vera r.loom. diuUhtcr of Sol 
Bloom. tlKMfriral real e.-ita'o man. 
has written tho Lyric;s and colljU^o- 
r.Tted on tlie book of "n.irlink?," a 
mu.sica'. comedy for which A. D'Au- 
nun/io has wrillon the score. The 
rompORor is a brother of (; Jbralle 
IVATinun'/irt, Tfily's put -warrior. 
Iwliom Miss r.ioom inlervi«.v/(d foi 
:\n Amrrtoiin d lily and for which 
.she received i"fV.'\ (1'>rf)rai ions :«nd 
honors from thf>, llcilian royal 


J().^(ph I'.'rnnrd Bothy wrote the 
book. A private 4>r«»di!(*ir.K tmit will 
Mpon.^^or {\v pliiy t<» he put on in 

(he fall. 

The itaban coniposrr, Jiid-in: 
from snatch»\s of his Hcore. In^ 
caught the popni.n Amerie.wi .'lyn- 
copated swmg to a surpiiHing 
degrMu ^ 


National Sensation Imminent 

in Evan Burrows Fontaine's 

Intended Action 

Mv III I'.'wtn^i'H Fontiiine. thv 
i!,iii. T. loft tor U)ic igo tiii.4 week 
lo st.irt action igainMt onn of the 
in.> ; jMfjtninent million:ure.s in New 
York -on ni ille^rd hrcaeh (»f prom- 
ise case wJiich v/ill be i mn if not niifUv 'li.-tposed of 
inif of c')Virt. 

The mnn. v/ho l.s of the Varnler- 
I ilt clan, is rtimored eng liied to a 
.-.ncicty deIvitM»ife 

Ch.irlc.H H Deri'^en, former fJov- 
ernor of Flllfiois will be Mihs Lou- 
taino'fl attorney. 

Opening for Keith^s July 24, at 
^,000 Weekly 

Bjjymond Hitchcock will become 
a Keith vaudeville act July 24, 
o|>enlng for that week at K(dth's, 

U will be a teHt. in a way, of the 
comediin's qualities for vaudeville, 
ilitchy will do a single turn (alone), 
and If .sueceshful will continue at 
$2,000 weekly. 

It Is report cJI II itchy has «tated 
to the Xeith people he I.h prepared 
to l;iko tij» a v.'iu(U'VilI(> route for 
next He;i.son, .'i1thoij^;h i. h.'L.s befti 
claimed on bolialf of th« Shuberts 
Hiteheock in under contract to 
them. Liisl week the '^huherfs 
were preparing to have Hitchcock 
open i a sort of Bussian imitation 
("CM»;inve>ioijri.H") r*»viio, in Kny.- 
li«<ti. on the Baycs roof f441h Street 
theatre) in tho early fall. 

it i.H un*i<r*>ood the .Shubert.s have 
t?oiie- MO fir in ^be prtfirn atlon of 
tlitt llitrhnotk rc'viie that B.iy I)oo- 
ley, Cecil CJiiningham and W. C. 
Fields hiv« beon tentatively en- 
gaged for U 

Oliicago, July 12. 

The Shuberts and Erlanger syndi- 
cates have completed their i»ool of 
local theatres, taking in their own 
houses, also the two A. H. Woodn* 
theatres, Api^llo and Woods'. 

George M. Cohan's (Irand and (he 
Studebaker. shortly going und.^r its 
independent management, are nut 
included in the i>ooL Neither is thu 
new theatre hero of the 8«lwyn;i to 
be open by August 20, nor tho other 
new houses of Sam II. Harris, due 
to open in October. 

In the pool are the Garrick, (Jn-it 
Northern, Princens (Shuhejt h). 
Colonial, Blackstone, Powors. Ilii- 
nois (Krianger), Playhouse (Bry- 
ant), with the Woods theatres. 
When the Hbuberts decide upon 
their local theatre for Shubert 
vaudeville next season, clth««r Gar- 
rick, Great Northern or Apollo, the 
theatrp selected will b« withdrawn 
from tho legit pool while playing 
another policy. 

Joint bookings will bo made for 
tha pooled housus by the two 
syndicates. It will relievo the Chi- 
cago theatrical situation of an over- 
(Contlnued on page 2) 



Become Csmera 

Hero In 

.San Francisco, July 12. 

Al .Tol.Mon has CfuitracteT to be- 
come the bh:cl:faee hero of a fea- 
ture film, with the story based on 
tho cHebratcd "WIM<jnt" series of 
yarns. It Is proponed to utilir.o tho 
famous 10th Cavalry, the Negro 
rerlm'Mit stationed In Arizona. 

Mr. .loJ.son made the announre- 
rnenl h'f(»re leaving here for New 
york, wh»rH he will arrange for bis 
next Hea.^ton's tour under the Shu- 
bert ro.irnt,"'ment in "Bombo." 


JtocheHfer. N. y., July 12. 
"Undo Tom" tinder canvasH i.i 
jdeaKing tiit» countjyHide natives. 
It is tho Joiin II Slows troupe, 
tran.'iported on trucks. 

VARIETY'S LONDON OFFICE r* A R I F Q * St. Martin** PUce, Trafalgar 

2096 Regent 


Friday, July 14, 1922 


Say All Theatres Will Close if 
I, Tax Is Not Reduced by Feb. 
^ . 15 — Business Better 


H« Arrives in London and Imme- 
diately Starts Talking 

Talis, July 12. 
/■ Ail the French theatre and enter- 
tainment pyndicatotj have agreed to 
petition Parliament for a reduction 
of the special entertainment tax In 
the formation of the next national 

The conference of managers de- 
clare that unless their request brings 
results in tax relief, which they 
claim in driving them out of husi- 
uess, they will clotic all establish- 
ments in France on Feb, 15, by 
which time the details of the budget 
lyiy be known. 

The current week's buslnesc In 
Paris is somewhat improved, due 
to two factors, t^ne cooler weather 
and the other the closirtf of several 
theiitre.M, which throws added 
j^atronage to those remaining open. 


raris, June 30. 
' There has been a drop in the tak- 
ings at the local theatres during the 
past week, in spite of the cooler 
temperature, the figures last Friday 
<>vt>ning (considered a fashionable 
day for playgoing) being as follows: 
In francs, war tax and poor rate 
Included— Opera (Martyre de St. 
Bebastian), 32,390; Comedie Fran- 
caise (repertoire), 9.000; Opera 
Comique, 17,472; Antoino (Peg o' 
My Heart), 1,795; Ambigu (Arsene 
Lupin), 4.307; Apollo (Enrico To- 
aelli gala), 1.402; Arts (Perle de 
Chicago), 1,457; Athenee (Atout, 
coeur), 3,712; Bouffes (Phi-Phi), 
5,060; Ba-Ta-Clan (Waltz Dream), 
B,016; Capucincs (Ce que Von dit 
aux femmes), 2,246; Champs Ely- 
aees (Loie Fuller's school), 3,810; 
comedie des Champs Ely8ees( La 
Mouette, four acts by Tchekoff, 
translated by O. Pitoeff), 1,341. 

Cluny (Nini, tu m'affoles), 1,302; 
Daunou (Ta Bouche, operetta), 11,- 
126; Dejazet (Un tourde cochon, 
farce), 556 Deux Masques (mixed), 
307; Edouard VII (Yvette Gullbert 
and American girls), 1,346; Th. des 
Boulevards, ex-Edefi (revue), 3,487; 
Eldorado (Biribi, drama), 963; Fe- 
mina (Le Reflet), 1.537; Folies Ber- 
gere (revue), 14,073; Gymnasc (La 
Femme Masquee), 4,903; Grand 
Guignol (mixed), 2.517; Gaite (clas- 
aical operetta — "Mousquetalres au 
Convent"), 6.442; Mogador (Russian 
ballets), 12,852; Marigny (revue), 
9.205; Michel (revue "Le Bel Ange 
Vint"), 4.123; Mayol (revue), 3,354. 
Nouveaut<^s (Dicky), 2,162; Porte 
Bt. -Martin (Courrier de Lyon), 2,858; 
Palais Royal (Seconde nult de noce), 
6,003; Renaissance (Les Miserables), 
1,176; Sarah Bernahrdt (La Mome), 
2,400; Scala (Chas.«teur de chez 
*Maxim'8), 1,451; "irlanon (Suprises 
du Divorce), 1,063; Ternes (Madame 
et son Satyre), 653; Vaudeville 
("Monsieur Dumollet" operetta), 
5,213; Varietes (Ma Tante d'Hon- 
fleur), 2,911, Vleux Colombler 
<Saul), 3906. 

London, July 12. 

Mr. and Mrs. Max Winslow ar- 
rive <1 here after traveling over the 
continent. Mr. Winslow complains 
lit) has not heard from his firm 
(Irving Berlin, Inc., music publish- 
ers) and would like to know if it is 
still In business. 

While the expense of traveling 
over the European map la enor- 
mous, says Win.slow, he clalroa to 
be several thousand dollars ahead 
on this visit, through having been 
away from the race tracks around 
New York. 


'*The Human Bridge" Revived 

—Revue by Rip at Cigale— 

Alhambra Reopening 

Fari«, July 12. 

The sensational drama. "The Hu- 
man Bridge," by Sutton Vane, 
adopted by Andre Mauprey in four 
acts, 12 tableaux, as "Le Pont Vi- 
vant," was revived at the Gaite last 
week, with the picture comedian, 
Biscot, in the part of a comic ser- 
vant. Varennes playu the part of 
the hero, and Hermann the wicked 
villain. Miles Yriel and Marcelle 
Barry are in the cast. 

A revue by Rip will follow the 
"Belle Polonaise" by Jean Gilbert 
at the Cigale. 

The reopening of the Alhambra is 
fixed for Aug. 25. , 

"Le Secret de Polichinelle" ("Ev- 
erybody's Secret") i4s listed to fol- 
low "Les Miserables" (Hugo) hy 
the summer management of the 
Renaissance next week. 



New York Manager Reported Ne- 
gotiating for It 

London, July 12. 
Lincoln Wagenhals is negotiating 
to take the Oberammergau Passion 
Play to America. He is offering to 
build a special stadium in New 
York, if necefwary, for its presenta- 

Wagenhals has agreed to deposit 
$250,000 in advance. He is report- 
ed to have secured Anton Lang's 
consent, and It is understood the 
proposed deal carries with it the 

right to picturize the play. 

About every American producer of 
the drama has made proposals to the 
same end for the Passion Play. 

Coming to B. F. Keith's Palace, 
New York, Next Week. 


p. S.— The Ice Will Be a Big Help. 


Indication of Picture Business 

Abroad— 42 Other Theatres 

Close Without Notice 


Kimberly and Page Do Well at 

Finsbury Park — Trix Sisters 

Going Back in '^A to Z." 


London, July 12. 

Negotiations are reported going 
forward fo;- the formation of an 
English burlesque circuit. C. B. 
Cochran's Oxford is said to have 
been selected for the wheel'B hub, 
with Gylliver houses and theatres 
from other, circuita to form the 

Jean Bedini is said. to have of- 
fered to take "Bound in ^ifty " at 
the Hippodrome over to the States 
as a complete production for one of 
the de Courville shows on the Co- 
lumbia wheel, . 

London, July 12. 

The picture business has reached 
the stage over here where the over- 
theatred condition has killed all de- 
mand for houses. 

The oth^'r day in Liverpool when 
14 quite good film theatres in that 
city were put on the block to be sold 
to the highest bidder, not a single 
bid was received for any of the lot. 

• London, July 12. 

Lester Marr and Forde Sisters. 
opening at the Holborn Empire, 
were revealed as Lester Sheehan 
and two capable girls from the 
States. They did dancing, kicking 
and some acrobjitlc dancing: nicely 
received for a first showing owe 

At the Coliseum, also a premiere. 
the McConnell Sisters, palpably 
nervous and with scenic effects 
failing to properly work, did quite 
well notstanding. 

The Trix Sisters (Helen and Jo- 
sephine) did very big opening at the 
Victoria Palace. They return to the 
"A to Z" production July 31. 

At the Finsbury Park, Kimberly 
and Page surprised the American 
contingent present at their debut 
through the manner in which they 


Produced at Strand, London, 
as "The Risk"— F. P.-L ! 
Has Picture Rights 

London, July 12. 

A friendly first night audienc* 
July 6 at the Strand gave a cordial 
reception to "The Risk," but It* 
success is doubtful. 

It la irritatingly talky, with the 
final curtain about all in its favor. 

Arthur Bourchier and Alex. Aron« 
son made the production. It 1^ Iq 
four acts, adapted by Jose G. 'LfVy 
from "Le Caducee" by Andre. Jl^, 
cal. "Andre PaaiCJU'' is the,. pea 
name for Baron Henri de Roth- 
schild, and for that reason its ^g- 
en tat ion took on added importaift'ce, 
Mr. Bourchier had the lead in' the 
piece. ' 

The Famous Players has secured 
the picture right.s and ahso Bo'ur- 
chier'a services for the stellar 'role 
in the film that he has created here 
in the play. The picture wlU be 
made in California. 

At about the same time in the 
provinces in one day 42 picture | put over American dialog for real 
theatres closed through bad busi- J results. They scored strongly 

ness, without giving previous no- 


Poisoned Hatpin Figures in Intrigue 
of Gay Husband 

Paris, July 4. 
Now closed — Odcon, Michel, 
Vleux ColODibler, Chatelet, Alham- 
bra, Casino de Paris, Theatre de 
Paris, Capuciness, Potiniere, Ma- 
thurins, Nouvcau Theatre, Moncey, 
6arah Bernhardt, Oeuvre, Fortuny, 
Trianon, Cirque Medrano, Nouveau 


Paris, June SO. 

Mme. Lisa Devienne, retired 
French actress, at the old-age home 
©f Ris-Orangis, France. 

Jane Ryp, French lyrical artiste, 
committed suicide at Alexandria, 
Egypt. She wa there to open a 

«lean Hannessee (known as Neri- 
•flse) cafe concert singer, died at 
Lyons, France, aged 38. 

Mme. Cane Bedey, wife of music 
hall agent at Bordeaux, recently 


London, July 12. 

Upon the arrival here Monday of 
William A. Brady he suggested to 
Arthur- Collins sending over "The 
Decameron Nights," the piece by 
Robert McLaughlin of Cleveland, 
Ohio, first produced here by Mr. 

Mr. Brady wants to take the pro- 
duction to New York, revise the 
book possibly, with a likelihood he 
might arrange with the Shuberta 
to present it at the Century, New 
York, In the fall. 


London, July 12. 
H. W. Wieland died here July 9. 
Mr. Wieland was England's oldest 
theatrical agent. 


Paris, July 3. 

"La Bouquetiere des Innocents" is 
being rehearsed to succeed "The 
Lyons Mail" at the Theatre de la 
Porte St. Martin; now directed by 
P. Gavault and Coquelin. 

Another revival of "Madame Sans 
Gene" with Mme. Cassive is being 
considered for September, In which 
event Pierre Magnier will play Na- 
poleon, Daragon as Marshal Le- 
febvre, Maurice Lehmann and Ren<^ 

Dillingham Engages Masie Gay 
London, July 12. 

Chiirles B. Dillingham has en- 
gaged Masie Gay for one of his 
American productions. Miss Gay 
will sail August 21 for New York. 

She appeared in New York, and 
for the first time, last year in "Pins 
and Needles." 

Al Herman's Swansea Hit 

London, July 12. 
A sensational hit was scored by 
Al Herman, the blackface comedian, 
when playing at Swansea last week. 


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mail. We shall be pleased to assist and advise you respecting your songs 

and material, whether published by us or not. 


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Paris, July 12. 

The Nouveautes theatre produced 
with fair success Andre Beaudy's 
and Lucien Monseigneur's three-act 
farce entitled "Le Galant Parfu- 
meur." which has numerous risque 

The story concerns the adventure 
of a perfumer who persuades his 
friend's wife to visit his bachelor 
apartment on the pretext of demon- 
strating a new perfume. His real 
purpose Is to betray her husband, 
who has a rendezvous in the per- 
fumer's apartment. 

The perfumer had prepared a 
trap for the husband by placing a 
drugged hatpin in an armchair. 
Accidentally the wife, arriving first, 
falls into the trap and is rendered 
unconscious by the Inocul.ation. 
When the husband does arrive the 
gallant perfumer tries to hide the 
unconscious wife, but the situation 
Is revealed. 

Th© wife forgives her husband's 
intrigue and they become reconciled 
while the perfumer consoles the 
other woman. I*, is voted an amus- 
ing light summer entertainment. 

The Wirth Family turn, headlin- 
ing at the Finsbury for a London 
return engjigemeht, and using for 
billing the 24 sheets from their 
Ringling circus engagement in the 
States, made their usual big hit. 


Ix>ndon, July 12. 
Reports say the National Associ- 
ation (English) of Theatrical Em- 
ployees and the Musicians' Union 
will amalgamate, to combat the 
managerial mutual interests. 


London, July 12. 

East End rival picture theatres 
have started to battle through ex- 
tra attractions. Walter Wanger 
started the fracas by engaging a 
vaudeville headline. A competing 
house secured an act in apposition. 

The extra attractions have helped 
in both theatres. 


London, July 12. 

Producers looking for London 
theatres for fall legit attractions are 
finding there is no theatre available 
from September on. 

That Is accepted as a slprj of a 
healthy theatrical condition next 


Paris, July 12. 
Gabriel Alphaud has been ap- 
pointed, at the stockholders' meet- 
ing last week, as editor-in-chief 
and general manager of "Comoe- 
dla," the Parisian theatrical daily, 
replacing the late Georges Cawella- 

Vasco Coming to Hippodrome 
London, July 12. 
Vasco, who, when laf«t seen In the 
States, was billed as "The Mad Mu- 
sician," Is sailing for New York 
early next month, to open with the 
new Hippodiome production. 


July 21 (from London for New 
York), Bert Levy (Aquitania). 

July 19 (from London for New 
York), William A. Brady, Grace 
George (Mrs. Brady), (Majestic). 

July 18 (from New York), Mr. 
and Mrs. Marcue Loew, Mr. and 
Mrs. Arthur Loew (Aquitania). 

July 11 (from New York), Allan 
Pollock, Frances G. Knowles Fos- 
ter (Berengaria). 

Reported through Paul Tauslg & 
Son, 104 East 14th street: 

July 11 (from New York), Hill 
and Qulnnell, Collins and Hill 
(Berengaria); July 15, Mary Tom- 
mie Edwards (Olympic); July 15 
(from Bremen for New York), Max 
Alex (Yorck); Aug. 2 (from Cher- 
bourg for l^ew York), J. Francis 
Dooley (Olympic). 

July 11 (from New York), August 
Dreyer (Berengaria). 

July 11 (New York to Hamburg), 
Melville Rosenow (Reliance). 

July 8 (from Jyondon for New 
York), Harry liose (Mauretania). 

July 8 (New" York to London), 
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Stasny (Ma- 

July 8 (from New York), Riccardo 
Martin, Hiram Abrams, Maurice 
Cleary, Watterson Rothbacker (Ma- 

July 8 (from New York), Eileen 
Huban (Baltic). 


Paris, July 1. 

In Paris last week: Frank O. 
Carpenter, journalist; Flonenx 
Ziegfeld, Jr.; Eddie Polo, MargAret 
Lawrence, resting after her niri. in 
"Lawful Larceny," New York; Al- 
bert E. Smith (Vitagraph), Wjfight 
Symons, Clarence Whitehill, >Ipna 
Morgan, Edgar Selwyn, Ridtuird 
Mansfield, Mrs. Gilbert Miller. ,,' 

In Berlin: Mme. Freda Heropel, 
Matja Niessen Stone, concert singer; 
Emil Herman (Cincinnati orches- 
tra), Frederick Stock (leader of 
Chicago orchestra), Walter Hfnry 
Rothwell (Los Ajigeles PhiJU^fur- 
monic), David Manner and, wife. 
New York. ,. (., 

Nikolai Sokoloff. conductor ofitbe 
Cleveland Symphony orchestra,: M 
in England, prior ta concert work 
at the Welsh festival; in Londoivin 

Winthrop Cortelyji)U (sott-of former 
Secretary of the Treasury), com- 
poser, of Huntington,! L. I., has fully 
recovered from his operation lor 
appendicitis and ha».> returned to 
Paris from Biarritz. 

Irene Boucher, operatic singer, li 
appearing at the Qaitd, Paris. Mrs. 
Harmon David Ryus (Celeste Nel- 
lis), concert singer, of CUiLifornia, u 
in Paris to complete her musical 

E. G. . Kendrew» Y^iriety's Paria 
correspondent. Is In Berlin, after at- 
tending the "Passion Play" at 
Oberammergau. He goes "to London 
before returning to Paris. 

Dudley Field Malone gave a pa* 
ceptlon at his residence. Rue da 
Lubeck, Paris, In honor of Mra. 
Ganna W^alska Cochran. Many 
members of the American colony 

Stowitts, Californian dancer, baa 
left for Seville, v. here he will atudf 
Spanish Gypsy choreography. 

Thelma Edwards Is Sailing 

London, July IS. 

Thelma Edwards has been secured 
by M. S. Bentham for a revue to ba 
produced In New York. 

Miss Edwards Is Immediately 


(Continued from page 1) 
dose of one style of production 
simultaneously, permitting the book- 
ers to place attractions to tha beat 
advantage and least opposition 
other than they may encounter in 
the non-pooled theatres. 

It Is not known at this time 
whether the Selwyns and Harrli 
theatres will enter the pool. 

It Is reported A. H. Woods pooled 
his local houses under a gu.iranteei 
to receive at least $125,000 annually 
from the Apollo and $100,000 from 
the Woods. The Shuberts are In- 
terested with Woods in the former 
and the McCormlcks are said to 
have an interest with Woods in tb« 


m HO., Lonflofl, i. ■■^sjc'.^t' 



Friday. July 14. 1922 



Cliques and Pools Make No Effort to Exploit Re- 
sumption of Bull Campaign — Famous Halted at 
83— Orpkeum Back to 18 

Partlsana of the amusement 
fltockfl put through * premature 
)»Hll drive late laat week. It re- 
quired only moderate buying Thurs- 
day and Prlday of last, week to 
ttiark the price of Famous Players 
UD from 81 to 8S» but Immediately 
support was withdrawn the stock 
sagged. For Instance, transactions 
in 6.000 shares of tlje film leader 
carried the price up about 2 points 
on Thursday rnd Friday, while 
combined turnover of 1,600 shares 
for Saturday and Monday left It 
about where It had begun. The 
other amusements went through 
relatively the same movement. 
Market Strong Elsewhere 

This performance was In the face 
of an otherwise strong market. On 
Wednesday when most standard 
Btoeks made supstantlal gains— as 
ifiuch as 6 points — and several, 
BOtably Studebaker and General 
Asphalt, got Into new high ground 
^or the year, the amusement group 
was listless. Famous Players 
touched 83 again for a trade or two 
and then relaxed fractionally. The 
situation among the .>ools appears 
to be that they cannot attract a fol- 
lowing. As suggested before, the 
cliques have no difficulty In mov- 
ing quotations by assuming an ag- 
gressive bullish attitude, but the 
operation forces them to extend 
• tlieir holdings, already pretty un- 
wieldy and prices automatically 
droop on the withdrawal of pool 
buying. The only issue that be- 
haved consistently was Famous 
Players, preferred, which held firmly 
at 95. compared to its recent low 
around 93. The senior film stock 
was braced up by the approach of 
iU "ex-div" date, July 16, when It 
Is due automatically to decline to 
the extent of its quarterly dividend 
of 12 a share. Dealings in preferred 
were at a minimum. -The dlrectcrs 
Bieet Aug. 14 for action on the next 
quarterly dividend on the common. 

Famous Players current profits 
are unofficially estimated at $20 a 
share on the common after taxes 
and preferred divldefids, and it is 
accepted without question that the 
regular rate will be maintained. 

Loew and Orpheum Dividends 
Loew made a better showing than 
the rest At its best, it touched 
16^ and maintained itself arounl 
16%, determinedly. The volume of 
trading did not Indicate any special 
development either way. The divi- 
dend' meeting is due in August, but 
it is prett • generally conceded that, 
disbursements are not yet In sight. 

It was otherwise with Orpheum. 
That issue moved up close to 20 at 
the Thursday session of last week on 
dealings in 1,000, and there was some 
scattered dealing on the Consoli- 
dated and In Boston. This flurry 
may have been Inspired by some- 
body taking a flier on the chance 
that something constructive would 
come ouw oi the meeting of the di- 
rectors In Chicago this week. There 
was an outside chance that they 
might shed some light on future 
dividend policy. 

The board was still in session on 
Wednesday. Nothing had been dis- 
closed of Its deliberations, but the 
ticker interpreted the silence In Chi- 
cago as an 111 omen! In the week 
from June 29 to July 5, with the 
board meeting In prospect, the stock 
advanced from 17 to 19% on a total 
turnover of 2,700 shares (six busi- 
ness sessions excluding the Fourth). 
In the week Just passed (July 6 to 
12) the price declined from 19% to 
18 flat, touching its bottom on Tues- 
day and repeating Wednesday. A 
peak of that sort before a board 
meeting and a dip during the session 
would ordinarily indicate that in- 
•-•!l^>"* were disappoiiited in some 
vague hope. Orpheum is still looked 
Upon QH a buy "for the iui ifi i' i <»e." 
and such incidental price chances as 
those described reflort only momen- 
tary views as the immedi.ite situa- 
tion i.s affected. 

Goldwyn Motionless 
It was the old story in Goldwyn— 
turnover of 10,000 shares within the 
narrow range of 6% and 7 %— prices 
apparently in close control and the 
market la atrong hands. Nothing 

new has oome out about the Gold- 
wyn-Flrst National deal except that 
it is still pending, the delay being 
caused by repeated legal consulta- 
tion on both sides and changes In 
details of the agreement. 

Mysterious 1,000 share lots of Tri- 
angle continue to come out on the 
Curb, with prices between 25 and 
30 cents a share. Obviously these 
are Inspired movements 'and have 
little relation to anything connected 
with the company's situation. The 
recent litigation, whatever its sig- 
nlflcance, would have some definite 
effect upon the stock. On the sur- 
face it should have made It worth 
much more than prices of last May. 
If It wasn't worth more. It appar- 
ently should have been practically 
worthless. There isn't much of a 
margin between 25 cents a share and 
zero In a stock.' One lot of 100 D. W. 
Griffith changed hands at 4%, a full 
point up from the last transaction. 

The summary of transactions July C to 12 
Inclusive are as follows:— 


Thursilay— Sales. II igh.J^w. I^st. Chg. 
Fam. Play.-L.. 2.mO S2H SlVi H'JVi -f- % 

Do. p«r 300 94% UH4 'MM, + «/i 

Loew. Inc.t... 3.500 IC^ l*\ ICVi +1% 
Orpheum . . J. . . 1,«K)0 VJ% 19 19"?^ + % 

lioston sold lUO Orpheum at l9Vt. 

Fam. Play.-L.. 2.300 83 82Vi 82% 

Do. pf 100 94% 94% 94% 

I»ew. Inc 2Mm 10S4 10% 10% — % 

Orpheum 100 19 19 19 — % 

Itoston sold 204 Orpheum at 10Va618%. 

Saturday — 
Fam. Play.-L.. 700 82% 

Do. pf 100 94% 

Loew, Inc 500 15% 

Monday — 
Fam. Play.-L.. 900 82% 

Do. pf 100 95 

Lc€w. Inc 1,000 13V4 

Fam. Play»-L.. 1,100 82% M 

Do. pf 200 95 95 

I^cw. Inc 2.100 1.-,% 15 

Orpheum 000 18% 18 

Fam. Play.-L.. 2.000 83 

Do. pf ,600 95% 

Ijoew, Inc 1.200 ir,r* 

Orpheum 1,000 18-^* 

81% 82 - % 

94% 94% - Tk 

15% 15*4 - H 

81% 81% - % 

95 95 -H % 

13 - % 



+ % 


82% 82% -I- % 

KV4 '.»5% + % 

LMi 15% -♦- % 

18 16% ^- % 


Thursday— Sales. High. Low. Last. Ch(c. 
Ooldwyn 100 0% 6% 6% — % 

Goldwyn f..... 4.S00 7% 6% 7% -h % 


Goldwyn 1.700 7% 7% 7% + % 

•Triangle 1,000 29 » 29 -»-» 

Goldwyn 2,500 


Ooldwyn l.W» 7% 7 7% — % 

Orimth 100 4% 4% .4% +1 

Goldwyn 900 

7% 7% 7% 


7% lp% 7% -h % 

* Cent* a share. 


Syracuse, N. Y., July 12. 

Shubert vaudeville will play the 
Wleting opera house here next sea- 
son, starting September 14, the last 
half of State Fair week. The vaude- 
ville policy will be maintained ^or 
the last half of each week. 

For the first half the opera house 
will have the legitimate production 
of the Shubert and the Erlanger 
bookings, continuing the agreement 
that removed the Erlanger shows 
from the Bastable last season. 


Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Loew ac- 
companied by their son, Arthur, and 
his wife, sail Tuesday (July 18) on 
the "Aquitania for England. The 
party contemplates remaining on 
the other side for about six weeks. 
Mr. Loew Will arrange for releasing 
"The Four Horsemen" abroad. 


-Xiondon, July 4. 
A splendid example of British ap- 
preclatloQ of humor maj b« found 
In the sentence uttered by a woman 
at the Coliseum last evening. Orock, 
the continental down, had been on 
for half an hour, entertaining with 
his inimitable nonsenslcalltles. For 
an encore he took up his violin and 

before starting to play the instru- 
ment did Juggling with the bow. 
Turning to her male companion she 
said: "He wastes such a lot of time 
fooling." Qrock waa his usual riot- , 
ous hit, though there Is a growing 
tendency on the part of the clown 
to "talk" in place of his former won- 
derful pantomiming. 

Despite her personal popularity, 
which elicited a hearty reception and 
plenty of applause at the finish, 
Sybil Thorndike, one of England's 
greatest drama^tlc actresses, was 
quite unsatisfactory in a condensed 
adaptation by Paul Berton of Sar- 
dou's "La Tosca." It ran half an 
hour in the afternoon and was cut 
to 24 minutes for the evening show. 
She gives the big scene of the fourth 
act, which takes place in the apart- 
ments of Baron Scarpia In the Castle 
of St. Angelo In Rome, wherein the 
Baron ofCers to free the condemned 
Caveradossl If Florla Tosca will give 
herself to him. Miss Thorndike was 
at her best in pantomime. The crux 
is in Tosca's Catholicism — in that, 
after stabbing the Baron to death, 
the horror of her cjime Is brought 
home to her and she places the can- 
dlesticks on either side of the head 
of the corpse. Instead of playing 
this pantomlmically, as originally 
written, she carries on the story 
with a protracted monolog, thereby 
destroying the psychology of the 
immortal drama. Jerrold Robert- 
shaw as the Baron was wholly com- 
petent, and the two other roles are 
of minor import. 

No Coliseum progrram is complete 
without a ballet, and the appear- 
ance of Tamara Karsavina was 
greeted by a scries of wild "huzzahs" 
from the top gallery. The Coliseum 
gallery has a certain clientele of 
ballet lovers, and resent any pro- 
gram that does not supply them with 
that entertainment. Speaking of the 
penny-throwing episode at the Coll- 
.seum a fortnight ago, when the 
Marx Brothers were switched from 
the first part to next to closing, the 
spot where Lopokova was pro- 
gramed. Llewellyn Johns, chief of 
staff of the Stoll Circuit, stated to a 
Variety representative the other day 
he was of the opinion the annoying 
incident was caused by these conM- 
nental patrons of the Coliseum gal- 
lery, who came late to witness their 
favorite brand of entertainment and 
resented having mls.sed It. 

Artemas. an indifferent comedy 
Juggler, opened the show. He was 
succeeded by Finlay Dunn, a stout, 
middle-aged pianologlst, who scored 
neatly. He suggests In style the 
late Barclay Gammon, probably the 
best of England's planolog artists in 
the past generation. Charles Falla, 
a -Lancashire comedian, in eccentric 
make-up, told familiar Jokes and Is, 
all things considered, rather sad. 

Muriel George and Ernest Butcher, 
comedy duettists. in selections from 
a repertory of folk songs, are held 
over from last week, with a new 
routine. They were warmly wel- 
comed on (heir appearance, giving 
indication they quickly established 
themselves as house favorites. T^he 
singing turn is more legitimate than 
vaudeville, suitable in America more 
for the lyceum platforms. They sing 
well and the man has a trick of fin- 
ishing every number with a top note, 
which is effective. 

Marie Dainton, a trifle stouter 
than when she appeared in America 
years ago. gave Imitations of Edith 
bay, Violet Loraine, Jose Collins, 
Mrs. Pat Campbell. Mal'lie Smtt, 
Marie Lloyd and Phyllis Monkman. 
She was a hit and her Impersona- 
tions are capital, with the exception 
of Edith Day. She did not hit off 
Miss Day's American jiccent very 


Clifford and Gray, man and wom- 
an hoop Jugglers, closed with a fast 
routine, most of it good, but little of 
the work new. They do no hoop roll- 
ing, confining themselves to Juggling 
.stunts with the wooden hoops. The 
fourth episode of the pictures of the 
Prince of Wales* tour closed. 


mmm mystery puy 


Mme. Yvette Publicly Introduces Her New York 
Dramatic School in Paris — Piece Partly in Eng- 
lish and Partly in French 

Parfis, July 12. 

At the Th. Edward VII theatre 
here, Mme. Yvette Guilbert publicly 
Introduced her local New York 
Dramatic School, of which she Is 
tlie directress. 

The piece was cast with Ameri- 
can players, pupils at the school. 
They Interpreted a fourteenth cen- 
tury mystery pUy> entitled "Gibour, 
la Fcmme que Notre Dame savua 
d'etre brulee," played partly In Eng- 
lish ahd mainly In French by the 
American neophytes. 

And they did It excellently. 

A woman of the rich middle 
classes, having been accused of 
adultery with her son-in-law as co- 
respondent, murdered^ him as a 
method of proving her innocence. 

The proof was Judged to be ex- 
cessive, so the matron Guibour was 
condemned to be grilled at the 

However, the VIrgli\ Mary ap- 
peared and subdued the flames, the 
accucfed thereby becoming an ob- 
ject of veneration. The people hall 
the murdress as a saint. 

Elizabeth Moffat (of Denver) 
holds the title role, and Is support- 
ed by Sybil Mandell (New York), 
Caroline Meade (Shawnee, Ohla.), 

Eugenie Buyka, Luctenne de La- 
haye, Folwell, Kelly, Jenny Barry, 
and Frances Hesslcr. 

The younir artistes enjoy their 
professional trip to Paris, and will 
have much to talk about when they 
get home. 

Yvette* Guilbert appears In the 
second half, reciting modern bal- 
lads and ancient troubadour dit- 

Business has been fair. 



John J. Felklns (vaudeville) was 
arrested last weelt by detectives 
charged with Jumping his ball on a 
grand larceny charge preferred by 
Leo Kocher, proprietor of the 
Crescent Hotel, New York. The 
arrest waa made dn a bench war- 
rant Issued by Edward CarroU, 
clerk of the Court of General Ses* 

A $225 board bill is at the baata 
of the charge, Kocher alleging Fel- 
klns posed as the nephew of Charles 
Schwab and was given credit. 
Corlnne Tllton (vaudeville) who 
was stopping at the same hotel at 
the time was also "nicked" for $M0 
by the defendant on a pe.^onal loan. 


"De De," the most successful mu- 
sical comedy of the season In Paris, 
has Just closed a long run at the 
Bouffes Parlslens. and its place will 
be taken for the summer by a re- 
vival of'Phl Phi." Maurice Cheva- 
lier, who played the lead In "De I>e," 
is In New York for a three weeks' 
holiday and will return to Paris for 
a revival of "De De" in the fall. He 
will go to New York next year to 
play In "De De" under the manage- 
ment of Charles Dillingham. 
Chevalier has been described as the 
matinee idol of Paris, and Is very 
popular. Mile. Mistlnguette. the fa- 
mous Parisian revue artist, sailed 
by the same boat, and probably will 
appear in a New York revue. 

Zoe Akins Is taking the cure at 
Brides les Bains in Savoie. Madame 
Dorziat, the French actress, has ac- 
cepted Miss Akins' play "Declas- 
see*' for production In Paris in the 
autumn. Later she will Include It 
In her repertory for her South 
American tour. Irene Vanbrugh 
will probably do the piece in Lou- 
don, but nothing will be settled until 
Miss Akins returns to London. July 
10, where she will remain until sail- 
ing for New York, July 24. Ger- 
trude Elliot (Lady Forbes -Robert- 
son), Wilette Kershaw, Gladys 
Cooper, Kyrle Bellew and Madge 
Titherafl.fTO ore bifldlng for the Eng- 
lish rights of MiHS Akins' other 
pieces, "The Varying Shore" and 
"Daddy Goes A-lIunting," which em- 
harra.sscs Miss Altlns, as she finds 
it difficult to decide to whom she 
.shall "throw the handkerchief." The 
disposal of the English rights to 
all three plays will be settled dur- 
ing Miss Akins' stay in London. 

and Sand." He will not return to 
the New until Xnias, when he will 
produce a new play. Lang is prac- 
tically the only actor-manager now 
in London. 

Robert Loraine, who has not been 
too lucky of late, will enter into 
genuine actor-management as soon 
as he can get a theatre on a lease 
covering an appreciable term of 
years. When he achieves his pur- 
pose his ambition Is to produce 
Shakespeare's "Henry V." and also 
a revival of "Cyrano de Bergerac." 

The ' co-operative season whlcii 
Donald Calthrop is Inaugurating at 
the Aldwych will commence July 11 
with a production of "A Midsummer 
Night's Dream." « This will be fbl- 
lowed -by productions of other 
Shakespearean plays. These will be 
succeeded by plays by modern 
authors. The runs wfll continue as 
long as the plays can find a box 
office paying public. Mrs. Lovat 
Frazct will have a hand in the de- 
signing of scenery and Dion Clay- 
ton Calthrop will produce. The the- 
atre will return to prir<»8. 



Sydney. June 14. 
HER MAJESTY'S -After a rec- 
ord breaking Hca.'^on of 19 week.s in 
Melbourne. "A Nipht Out." with Al 
Frith and Maude Fare, opo.-.d lure 
June 5. lUi.'^ines.s, cap.trity. Show 
loolcs like staying well into next 
summer (winter run In Au.stralia). 
Mad??e Elliott and Cyril. KichardH 
.st<»pped show with «lanre crentions. 
Prt.durtion lavishly mounted. Harry 
Burclior inoduced. Andrew M( Curr 

directed. ,» , , , 

CRITERION. - l^inolie Polinl ^ is 

drawing big in "The Lie." by Henry 

Arthur Jone.s. M.vra Konham. 

Eric Harri.son. Frank llarver 

.scored hit of the i)lay. Kay Sou- 

per, Herbert Leigh and Audrey 

Worth in cast. Seems set lor run. 

PALACE.--"The First Year," by 
F'Vank Craven, opened June 10. 
Bu.sincfis not big to date, but is sure 
to pick up, and, if properly exploit- 
ed the comedy should become a 
succe.s.s. I'res.s i tice, say it is "the 
hwettest little comedy seen here In 
year.s." I'hlllipsvTcad huccoss as 
Tommy Tucker, opening night, 
forced to .speech. MarJorie P.ennett 
act«'d charmingly. perfect. 
IncUnbs Mnggie Moore, H. R. Rob- 
erts Lance Lister, Lorna Helms, 
Ed LfstfT. Tom Lloyd and Marie 
Eaton. Mounting fine. Produced by 
rioor^t' l';irker. 

ROYAL.— Ivouis Bennison opened 
May 13 in "Johnny Get Your Gun." 
Did not catch on^and is to be re- 
(Continued"n page 4> 

Robert Nalnby has been seriously 
ill for some time. He has now un- 
dergone a serious operation and is 
making gfwd progress toward com- 
plete recovery. 

Affairs of Sir Thomas Beecham. 
the founder of the now defunct 
Beecham Opera Co.. have once more 
been occupying the attention of the 
Court of Bankruptcy. The original 
receiving order was made in 1919 
and the case has been brought up 
at regular intervals ever since. Re- 
cently an offer was made of 20 
shillings in the pound by Instal- 
ments. It was stiitod by counsel. 
E. Clayton. K. C. that he thought 
Sir Thomas would b« in a ponltlon 
to pay the whole of the 20 shillings 
in the pound down. An amount of 
X 24,000 was Involved In Income tax 
and super faX. An adjournment 
was announced until July 20. 

Phillip Michael Faraday will be 
as.sociated with Robert Evett in the 
production of Csrar Strauss' "The Waltz' at the Gaiety. Jose 
Collins (Lady Robert Innes-Kerr) 
will be the star. 

Meggie Albanesl has slgne<! up 
f5r a number of Rean<lean produc- 
tions, the first of which will be 
"East of Suez" at His Majesty's. 
Followiiif? thlM Nh(^ will appi>:tr at 
the St. Martin's in a Barrie revival. 
Meanwhile she i.s in Sweden playing 
for a Swedish -Bio film. 

The full oast of the new play by 
Brandon Fleming, "Down an<l Out," 
which will be seen in Cardiff and 
other provincial cities before com- 
ing to the West End, is Donnia 
Noilson Tjrry, Mary Glynne, Arthur 
Whitby, C. Wordley Hulse. Henry 
Victor. T. G. Bailey, Anatoli* Jamo.s, 
(Continued on page 30) 

Mathe.son L;«ng will bring his sea- 
son at the New to an end at the 
end of July following which he goes 
on a provincial tour with "Blood 


They are 


Bay tkU Cigantte aniSatt Momef 


Friday, July 14. 1922 



French Canadian Travelt Over Lower Quebec 
Province with Family — Got Sta^^rt Under Canvas 
— Moves from Camp to Camp 

, 4- . 

Montreal, July 12. 

A traveling clown for 40 years, 
playing in the lumber camps of 
Lower Quebec, and moving from 
camp to camp during the winter by 
dog-sled, is the mode of life of 
l«o De Facto, hi» wife and four 
children, at present having a holi- 
day In this city. 

De Facto, during 40 years, has 
earned his living by furnishing en- 
tertainment to the lonely lumber- 
jacks who upend each winter in the 
bush along the St. Lawrence below 

De acto says that each summer 
about this time he and his family 
take a month's vacation, usually In 
Rievere du Loup or Quebec City. 
This year, as the wiater had been 
exceedingly good fro*i a financial 
standpoint, they decided to visit 

Although 60 yearj of age, he does 
not appear over 40. He attributes 
this to the open air life which he 
has lived since childhood. 

De Facto was born in Matane, 
P. Q., where he lived until 16. When 
14 he was sent b. hla father to work 
in a lumber camp. At the end of 
his season he returned home and 
. his winter's wages went to swell 
the family exchequ r. He was then 
put to work on his father's farm 
until the following autumn, when 
he was again sent to the bush. 

At the end of that winter there 
was a change. He could not un- 
derstand why it was that after he 
had worked all winter his father 
should get the benefit. Instead of 
going home this time he ran away 
to Quebec. After his money was 
spent he was afraid to go home and 
found it necessary to get employ- 
ment. He secured a Job with a 
small circus as a canvassman. 

Soon he became a Junior clown. 
For some years he performed in 
the sawdust ring. He finally became 
a full-fledged clown, acrobat, con- 
jurer and tight-rope walker. Noth- 
ing was done under the big tent at 
wbich De Facto could not at least 
make a passing itttcmpt. 

Eventually he returned home, but 
the peaceful existence was not for 
hiu). He was soon making use of 
his circus experience to entertain 
the farmers and villagers of the 
district. He collected more fhoney 
in this way than he could have 
earned by laboring. Encouraged, he 
conceived the idea of laying in some 
of the various camps near his home. 

Gladly received by the lumber- 
Jacks, his field of operations wid- 
ened. His fame blowly grew. He 
became a famiiiar figure in all the 
lower parts of the province. When 
marrying, he did not ettle down 
but took his wife with him wherever 
he went. Even hen his family 
began to grow ho still continued 
the ror ling life. I.' ' "• two sons 
and two daughters "he sons are 
noarly men now. Thoy aid him in 
his performance. They may con- 
tinue in the same line after he is 
loo old to work. 

».'hile travelli..g from place to 
' plnce he and his troupe take a full 
campers' outfit. / tent Js the only 
ho. • f'hildi n ha.o evt'i known. 

In the winter a dog team draws 
the household goods and the ap- 
paratus for the performances. In 
the summer a horse .and cart 

Both -he sons say that thoy wish 
no other vay of living and that they 
will keep to ♦heir pr«'se. vocation 
for their lives. Madamo Te Facto 
states ihat though she >-c4ice wished 
to settle down and live al.vays in 
the same place, she has now grown 
so accustomed to life outdoors she 
does not \\' '•> y other. 


Frank lyn Ardell has engaged for 
the new George White's "Scandals." 
Ardell had a standing offer to Join 
"Tangerine," which reopens in Bos- 
ton late in August but preferred the 
opportunity to play the flip role 
"Scandals" gives him. 

Pearl Regay, the dancer, also 
keen placed in the White show 


(Continufd from page 1) 
of the voluntary Jury plan called 
on the commii^sioner for an expres- 
sion of opinion. He advised the 
C(»mmittee that he was heartily in 
favor of it. The only check on 
stage presentations, so far as is 
known, is the censor body. The 
courts in "The Demi-Virgin" case 
decided against the license com- 
missioner and thereby took away 
his power to close stage-play the- 
atres without due process of law. 

Without the city participating, the 
voluntary Jury system would be 
impotent. The mayor expressed 
himself in favor of it sometime ago. 
The license bureau is believed to be 
the only department under the 
mayor qualified to actively sub- 
scribe to the movement, and jury 
nominations are expected from that 

When needed, a jury of 12 will 
be selected ^by the^ paddle box sys- 
tem, similar to the manner in which 
court Juries are selected. 


Loew's State Moves Up Time 
Twice Weekly 

The Loew office has advanced the 
time for reheareals at the State, 
New York, from 10 a. m. Mondays 
and Thursdays to 9.S0, due to tbe 
show starting there at 11 a. m. 

Commencing this week acts arc 
being notified that they must re- 
port on the State stage by 9.30 in 
order that scenery may be hung 
and to prepare for the orchestra 
rehearsal, which is held on the New 
York Roof In the morning. 

It has been necessary to discon- 
tinue orchestra rehearsals in the 
State, due to the early opening. 
The orchestra uses the New York 
Roof while the organ supplies the 
music for the firsr showing of the 
picture at the State, commencinj. 
at 11 a. m. 


$600 Act in Second Position on 
Palace Bill. 

Herman Timberg, who is booked 
to play Keith's Palace, New York, 
next week, has been notified by his 
agent he will be placed No. 2 on 
the Palace program. Timberg is 
receiving $600 for the Palace week. 
He is to stage two Shubert vaude- 
ville units next season for I. H. 
Herk and appear in one of them. 

The Palace booking was entered 
into by Timberg several months ago. 
before his engtigement with Shu- 
bert vaudeville. 



Cape Town, June 18. 
The revue, "The Peep Show," un- 
der direction of African Theatres, 
opened the Cape Town season at the 
Opera house June 7 to capacity and 
big business since opening date. It 
is a big success. The scenery and 
mechanical effects were something 
to set the audience going. Billy Fry. 
English comedian, got over with 
clever comedy work. He was well 
supported by two funny comedians. 
Harry Brunning and Frank Foster. 
Biilie Bell, a pretty, dainty and 
clever actress, won applause for her 
delightful work. 

Good business is being done at 
this vaudeville house (Tivoli) week 
June 7. Sandy McPherson went 
well. Hunter and Bob, amusing. 
Harold Moss, clever violinist, and 
Isobel Maachah, dancer, in good act. 
Horace Jones and partner in song 
scena, "Seaside Scenes and Types," 
left audience satisfied. Holson and 
Bert, comedians and dancers, drew 
some applause. Tex McLeod, 
American, siiinning ropes and yarns, 
return visit, roped audience into big 
applause. Three Lombards, equili- 
brists, artists with an act that closes 
the show to appreciation. Current 
week. Mile. Jaunita Trevoir, neat 
and artistic dancer. Waits between 
each dance spoiled act. Joel Myer- 
son, well-trained tenor. Alec Daim- 
ler and Dora Badie, comedy, hit with 
good turn. Sandford and Lyons, 
comedians and claimed originators 
of soft-shoe dancing, nice act. Other 
acts: Sandy McPherson. Three Lom- 
bards. Jones and Partner. Week 
June 21: Julot and Piero. Zona and 
Mibray, Fillis Duo, Daimler and 
Eadie, Sandford and Lyons. Mile. 
Trevoiri Joel Myerson. 

Fred George Wright died May 16 
from double pneumonia after an ill- 
ness of one week. Mr. Wright wus 
stage manager of the Tivoli, and 
very popular. 

Under the new management of J. 
W. Birrell the Alhambra, pictures, is 
recording good buHincss. Week June 
5, "If I Were King'" (William Far- 
num). drew capacity; 12-14. Mary 
Pickford in "Amarilly of Clothes- 
Linc Alley"; 15-17, "The Honeypot" 
(PcKgy Hyland); week 19, "On With 
the Dance" (Mae Murray). 

GRAND— June 8-10, "The Dia- 
mond Necklace" (Milton Itosmer), 
British production, drew rapacity; 
well-produced film: 1?-14. "When 
Fate Decides' (Madlaine Traverse); 
15-17. "The Adventures of Mr. Pick- 
wick"; 19-21. "Lessons in Love" 
(Constance Talmadge). 

WOLFRAMS— June 8-9, "Thy 
Soul Shall Bear Witness"; 10, "My 
Lady Friends" (Carter De Havens); 
12-14, "Fine Feathers" (Claire Whit- 
ney); 16-17, "The Woman in the 
Suit Case" (Enid Bennett); 19-21, 
"The Cyclone" (Tom Mix). 

who recently toured South Africa, is 
at present in London, with a view to 
bringing over another company for 
a tour. 


Tentative List Unverified— No 

Official Announcement Has 

Been Made 



No ofBcial announcement of the 
theatres and cities comprising the 
Shubert vaudeville route next sea- 
son has been issued as yet. 

A tentative list, unverified but re- 
ported as "penciled in," follows: 

Crescent, Brooklyn; Central, New 
York; Harlem opera house. New 
York; Chestnut St^et, Philadel- 
phia; Academy, B^timore; Belasco, 
Washington; Criterion, Buffalo; re> 
constructed house in Albany (un- 
named); Grand. Hartford; Ohio, 
Cleveland; Keeney's, Newark; Ban- 
press, St. Louis; Princesp, Toronto; 
Welting. Syracuse; Detroit opera 
house, Detroit; Garrick, Chicago; 
Englewood, Chicago; Palace, bt. 
Paul; Garrick, Minneapolis; Bran- 
dies, Omaha; Shubert. Kansas City; 
Shubert. Cincinnati: Masonic. Louis- 
ville; Kmpress, Des Moines; Ma- 
jestic, Utica; Nixon. Pittsburgh. 

In addition to these, houses in 
Providence, Indianapolis, Allen- 
town, Pa.; Wheeling, W. Va.. and 
Altoona, Pa., are also reported for 
Shubert vaudeville. 

Syracuse and Utica may be a 
split week on the Shubert route. 

It is reported negotiations have 
been started by the Shuberts to 
secure the new Strand, Jersey City 
(on the Hudson boulevard and op- 
erated by Frank O. Hall), but that 
the directors of the theatre have 
decided to continue on their inde- 
pendent vaudeville way. The house 
recently opened. 

Marda Vanne, known In Cape 
Tjown as Margaretha van Hulsteyn, 
and South African born, is causing 
Joy among her friends here owing to 
having made a big success as Phae- 
dra in Dryden's "Amphitryon" at a 
London revival. 


HIS MAJESTY'S— Musical Com- 
edy Co. finished June 15 with "A 
Night Out." English actress. Kuby 
Millar, supported by Charles Carson, 
opens June 16 with "The Edge o' Be- 

STANDARD.— Alfred Woods and 
Co.. staging "The Muddler" and 
"Smouldering Fires." 

EMPIRE— Week June 12. Bert 
Coote and Co. in "P. Pipp, Detec- 
tive"; W. V. Robinson, Canadian en- 
tertainer; Dream Stars, vocal; Nor- 
ton and Simmons, comedy; Weynen 
and assistant, acrobats; Louis J. 
Seymour, comedian; Dainty Danes, 
dancers; Hilda Denton, comedienne. 

ORPHEUM— M. M. Alexander. 
Good business. Week June 12, Tom 
E. Finglass, coon delineator; Fillis 
Duo, musical; pictures. 

NEW BIJOU— Pictures. 

CARLTON— Pictures. 


San Francisco, July 12. 
Djck Burton, of Burton and Dyer, 
who have been playing in Australia, 
recentb' lost an eye as a result of 
a flsl nook getting caught in his 


Bobby Connelly, ««e II, one of the 
earliest of the juvenile picture stars, 
died July 6 at Lynbrook, L. j^ 
after an illness of three months^ 
due to an enlarged heart and bron« 
chitis. His parents, Mr. and Mm, 
Joseph Connelly, were former vaude« 
ville stars. In 1912 be started his 
screen career at the age of three 
years for the Kalem company, after 
which he was for a number of years 
with Vitagraph. Several years ago 
he appeared in vaudeville as the 
starred player of a sketch company, 



Eddie Badger died at the Agneif 
hospital in California. July 3, at th* 
age of 43, after a lingering illness 
The remains were cremated. 

Following a long career In vaude^ 
ville where the deceased had been 




Who departed thia lif« July 10. Ifl21. 




a single musical turn, Mr. Badger 
played in George M. Cohan's **Vaga«« 
bond" production, his last engage** 
ment. He is survived by his mother 
and two brothers. 

Maude Murry, who appeared in 
musical pieces prior to her mar- 
riage, Dec. 23, 1920, to Adrian R. 
(Happy) Johnson (blackface come-^ 
dian), died July 6 at her home. 6(» 
Ledyard street, Detroit. 

The deceased was 21 at death, 
leaving no relatives other than her 
husband, who survives. Cause of 
death not mentioned. 


lea Belasco, a brother of David 
Belasco, died in San Francisco lasl 
week after a long illness. 


Vivien Talleur, In South Africa 
about six years and a very fine 
dancer, is leaving for England. She 
has been responsible for all the 
dances in the revues, etc., produced 
by the At^iofni Theatres, Ltd. 

Durban, Natal. 

THEATRE ROYAL— Musical Com- 
edy Co., under direction of African 
Theatres, opens June 19, with "A 
Night Out." 

CRITERION— Week June 12. Real 
McKays. Mme. Leah Williams, Jubb 
and Jerome, "the Boston Girls"; pic- 

EMPIRE RIO -Pictures. 
HIS MAJESTY'S— I'ictures. 
POP P.IO— Pictures. 
Roswell's circus and menagerie 
playing in Durban. 

huj I 

W. J. Shephard, by arrangement 
with E. J. Carroll and Barrington 
Miller of Australia, will screen at the 
City Hall, commencing June 19, the 
eight-part film, "The Sentimental 
Bloke," adapted from the verses of 
C. J. Dennis. It Is claimed this pic- 


(Continued from page 1) 

laughing point covering a race will 
pass the local censorship unmolest- 
ed, but anything that aay be labeled 
as offensive with the line sharply 
drawn will be deleted from a Shu- 
bert or Erlangcir stage. 

The Shuberts issued a simlTkr 
order last season, moctly applying 
at that time (before the Erlanger 
alliance was arrived at) to Shu- 
bert vaudeville performances. The 
sweeping order taking in all thea- 
tres followed the Shubert-Erlanger 

Beyond admitting such a'^miuig 
has been made, no one of either of 
the Erlanger or^ Shubert forces 

ture made^big hit in the States. 
Sarah SyNJa, the Jewish actreM. would comment upoa It. 

(Continued from page 3) 

placed, June 17, by "The Great 
Lover." Mr. Bennison ma^le hit in 
the name part. Comedy does not 
run smoothly, padded out by long 
intervals. Williamson-Tait gave 
production good mounting. This 
comedy was liked in Melbourne, 
when it played there two months 
ago. Leslie Victor as the Duke ran 
Bennison alose second fo** acting 
honors. EuTth Drayson made hit as 
maid. Bob Hommans produced. 

TIVOLI. — Business away off at 
matinees. Should pick up when 
George Carney and Malcolm Scott 
open June 17. Brady and Dunn, 
dances, opened. Gave show good 
start. George Armstrong, maimed 
digger, scored with songs. Edwards 
and Parkes got by In fairly funny 
sketch. Talbot O'Farrell. Irish 
songs and old Ford jokes, closed in- 
termission. The Fanjacks. hand 
balancing, fair. Two Rascals, 
songs, playing short return season, 
tied up the show. Raines and Jones 

FULLERS— Business big. Nat 
Phillips' revue and Harry Thurston 
share honors. Wells and Dells 
opened, ordinary. Rene Dixon 
pleased with dances. Herman Len- 
zer, violinist, got by; lacks person- 
ality. Harry Thurrton scored hit 


(Continued from page 1) 

all right, but professionals-^no, the 
council holds. 

Lew i.s fighting back. He an- 
nounced he would veto the ordi- 
nance and to induce^ the council not 
to pass it over his disapproval he 
is circulating petitions favoring .the 
theatres. Several thousand have 
signed. He is using newspaper ad- 
vertising and "four-minute" speak- 
er.s at the outdoor playhouses. 

The Garfield place was opened last 
Thursday to a crowd of almost 
3.000. From 2,000 to 2,500 have 
been attending Brookside regularly 
five nights a week. 

Councilman Walter W. Wise urged 
passage of the anti-theatre ordi- 
nance because "they are taking the 
bread and butter cut of the mouths 
of men who have invested their 
money and talents in the theatre 

The council nicet^ again July 17. 
The ordinance was p<as8ed by a vote 
of 7 to 2 and unless the mayor 
arouses overwhelming public senti- 
ment it appears the bill will be 
passed over hla veto. 

of show. Phillips' revue takes up 
second part; iiit. 

Films: Globe, "The Sheik"; big; 
dollar top nights. Crystal Palace, 
"The Kid"; capacity. Haymarket, 
"Penrod": Lyceum, "Ladles Must 
Live," "She Cooildnt Help it." 


HER ikAJESTY'S.— "The Little 
Dutch Girl." 

ROYAL— "The Bat"; last nights 

KING'S —Humphrey Bishop Co. 

PRINCESS.— Sistine Choir. 

PALACE— Ada Reeve in "Span- 
gles"; 9th week. 

TIVOLI— Wee Georgie Wood, 
Marie Le Varre. Sam Barton. Hoi- 
den and Graham. Carre and Weller- 
way. Con Moreini, Louis Bloy, The 

BIJOU. — Burton and Dwyer, 
Maurry Sterndale, Rastus and 
Banks, Otis Mitchell, Delevale and 
Vockler, Art Tozart, Keating and 
Ross, James Teddy, Belle Moyra. 

TOWN HALL— Marguerite DAl- 

STRAND— "Over the Hill." 

HOYT'S.— Pictures. 

MELBA.— Pictures. 


ROYAL.— "The Bat." 

KINGS— Walter George Co., 
Ling and Long, Rodger Trio, De- 
Willfred. Crane and Lawrence, Tay- 
lor and Summers. 


Grand, "Over the Hill"; West's, 
"Hail the Woman"; The York, "The 




EMPIRE —De Tisnes, Don Stuart, 
Dolinda, Miller and Rainey, Jen- 
nings and Gerald, Norton and 
Forbes, I»aImctto. Trix Ireland. 

STRAND— "Way Down East." . 

CREMORNE.- The Frolics. 

MAJESTIC— "The Barnstormer." 



HIS MAJESTY'S— "Maid of the 

OPERA HOUSE.— The Darraghs, 
Verna Blair Lloyd and Kaymon, 
Sam and Elsie Goldie, Trent and 
Sadie, Gus Raglus, Claude de Car, 
Etta Field. 

L ic. "Broken Blossom ": Tivoli, 
"The Sheik"; Strand, "Hail the 

O. O. H— "Babes in Wood." 
TOWN HALL— Roslna Buckman. 
KINGS.— Pictures. 

HIS MAJESTY'S —Digger Co. 
PRINCESS.— Ward A ShermaO 
iContiaued on page 34) 


Friday, July 14, 19*8 



Refer to Duffy and Sweeney and *'Mister Dooley" in 
Answering Affidavit in Bryan Foy*8 Suit — Hear- 
ing on Injunction Application 

Ed Gallagher (Gallagher and 
8he^n) has filed an answering af- 
fidavit to Bryan Foy's charges that 
the "Mister" song was authored by 
the plaintiff. In swhlch Gallagher ad- 
niiU the "Mister" idea is not orig- 
inal; that Duffy and Sweeney iiave 
used it before; that Major Dono- 
^n. for three years from 1903, en- 
joyed quite h vogue with his "Mis- 
ter Dooley" pong written by Feter 

Plnley Dunne (the author of the „ ^ , , , . , ^ v. 

'Dooley" series) ; that, outilde of J can t afford to turn back any dc^ugh 
■neeesting they address themselves on rain checks, for they have to 
* ^* ---—*" chow three times daily the same as 

the ball players, so they made us 


him out of turn to give them a peek 
at him, for I figured I could peddle 
him quick for a load of jack and 
quiet the beefing stockholders (or 
the balance of the season. , 

We were playln' Jersey City, ani 
Sweeney started like a prairie fire. 
He had everything, and made those 
mosquito dodgers throw their bats 
away innin' after innln*. About the 
beginnin' of the fourth it began to 
rain, but the umps in these leagues 



Only Seven Out of 14 Performances Given — Every- 
thing Goes Wrong — Loss to Club About $5,000 
^^Frank Tinney Presents Show at Long Beach 

1^ "Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean, 

Foy has not written a line of the , ^. , ^, mi 

Somr- that the melody was original I P^ay through the ram. The on 
With 'Gallagher and that Ernest R, time a game is called on account . 
Ball was called In to "doctor" it a 
little, etc. These and othe^ allega- 
tions are included In a lengthy af- 
fidavit filed late last week. 

The argument on the Injunction 
to restrain Jack Mills, Inc., frort 
publishing the song, and the team 
from using it, was scheduled for 
Thursday (yesterday) in the Fed- 
eral District Court before Judge 
Mayer, having been, postponed a 

Gallagher continues that Ball took 
aeveral old familiar strains for the 
melody to make It jlngly, and as for 
the words, Foy was only concerned 
through hla Idea (which was dis- 
carded) that suggested another Idea 
which Is the real basis of the "Mis- 
ter" song. And for this Foy has 
been amply paid, the affidavit as- 

. I Joseph O. ("Major") Donovan has 
Hied a supporting affidavit, stating 
he has been 15 years an actor, al- 
though the last two otherwise en-ieeen him with five scouts around 

gaged, and that he started the "Mis- 
ter" Idea with- "Mr. Dooley," even 
to the extent that "he had to change 
his act name from S. Orrln Donovan 
to "Ml»ter Dooley" Donovan. 

Duffy and Sweeney, who really 
popularized the two-man Idea, are 
understood to have consulted ccwm- 
0el last week regarding an action 
against Gallagher and Sh»an. It is 
reported attorneys have discouraged 
any idea of a lawsuit by them. 


rain up here fs when there's a cloud- 
burst or somethln'. 

Sweeney, as I told you, ia a swell 
lookin' kid with coal black hair. 
After he had pitched an innln, I 
looked out at him on the mound, 
and thought that I was managln* 
t' ' Royal Giants. His whole pan 
was black, and as he hadn't run 
bases or fell in the mud I couldn't 
understand It. 

About this time, I^efty Lloyd, who 
was scoutln' for Philadelphi , came 
down onto the bench from the 
grandstand and said: "Who's 
workin* for you today, Eddie Can- 
tor?" I didn't crack, for I didn't 
know what it was all about. Swee- 
ney got the eide out and walked In 
toward the bench, and .as he got 
near I almost passed away. Ills 
hair on the sides under his cap was 
as white as a nurse's apron. Lloyd 
takes one peek at him, then lams 
for the stand, and a minute later I 


This week (July 10), Keith's 
Bu.shwlck, Brooklyn. 

Next Week (July 17), Keith's Slat 
Street, New York. 

And then a new act entitled 


By ..Stanley Bruqo and two other 

authors that you have never heard 


Direction TH03. J. FIT2PATRICK 


An assortment of bad weather, 
running from mean little drizzles 
to terrific cloudbursts, with thunder 
and lightning and severe wind- 
storms for good measure, just about 
ruined the Lights' Club* circus tour 
of Long Island towna last week. 
The Lights' losses on the week of 
circus trouplng were about $5,000. 
The tour was scheduled to cover a 
period of seven playing days, be- 
ginning Saturday, July 1, and end- 

I. H. Herk Offers Guarantee of 

$3,000 Weekly on Salary 

and Percentage Basis 

fesslonals. The concerl admission 
was 50 cents. 

The tent In which the circus was 
given was oblong with a length of 
about 250 feet, width 150 feet, and 
75 feet In height. The seats were 
divided Into six eectlons, with 'the 
reserved or |2 seats on either side, 
facing what would have been the 
center ring, and the $1 sections di- 
vided Into two parts at either end 
of the tent. In the staging of the 

Juvenile Revealed as 40- Year- 
I. Old— Hair Dyed Black, 
and Dye Ran 

Blnghamton, July 5. 
pear Chick: 

If I ain't the unluckieet egg In* the 
world I'm a tie for second. I've 
had worse breaks this |eason than 
a ten-year-old flivver. Walt till 
you get a load of the latest. 

You know the y^ung phenom 
pitcher, Sweeney, that I grabbed a 
few weeks ago. Well, as I wrote 
you, he got away to a flyln* start 
and succeeded In calmln* down the 
players' wives club that tries to 
manage my ball club from in back 
Of the grandstand. 

This club hasn't been drawin' any 
too well, and the local stockholders 
h«gan to squawk when they had to 
dig into their jeans for fresh dough 
to meet expenses. I have a pretty 
high-priced club, a's payrolls go In 
this bush, so they begun hintln* to 
ine that as long as the club wasn't 
«ettln' the league on fire, why don't 

* get a flock of mornln' glorlce for 
coffee and cakes. They argued that 
any nine men could finish last just 
•« well as my mock oranges. 

Of course, to the layman they had 

* btlch comln', but I know I have 
» real ball club and that when they 
«et goln* they will burn this grave- 
yard up. There's nothln' In this 
league to beat up a flock of old 
jnen and young bushers who ought 
to be workin' at some useful occu- 
pation Instead of foolln* the public. 

But to get back to Sweeney, after 
he won hla third game I wired 
jvery club In both big leagues that 

* had a wonder and that he was for 
•ale for Immediate delivery. The 
next day the scouts arrived, and 
Degun pussyfootln' around tryln' to 
«et the. Inside on the kid. I started 

him all talkin' like mad and wavin' 
their arms like traffic coppers. 

Lloydie recognized Sweeney hav- 
ing played with him Ip the Iron and 
Ore League about the time Rube 
Waddel broke In. He must be forty 
years old, but he had hid face lifted 
by one of then;i beauty specialists 
and dyed his hair, tryln' to get by 
as a youngster. At, that, I think he 
^would pitch wlnnln* ball In the big 
show, but as soon as them scouts 
got their low down on who he was 
they hauled out on the next train. 

Sweeney can stay with my club, 
and I'll pay him as much dough as 
he would get In the big show, for 
when he gets out on that moun(!^,' 
he's 21 years old, and can win ball 
games, so I don't care if his hair is 
pink. But Imagine them wjves when 
they get together and , find their 
juvenile was a grandpa. I'm goln* 
over to the club house now and He 
to the stockholders about all the 
dough we nearly got. 

Your old o'ftlon. 



Anna Chandler has not been en- 
gaged to appear In the Jenle Jacobs- 
Jack Morris Shubert vaudeville unit 
next season, according to Miss 

Blanche Ring and Charles Wln- 
ninger will be featured in the Ja- 
cobs-Morris unit, which will be 
composed of the musical show "As 
You Wero," and played under that 
title. Wlnninger will have the role 
played In the original by Sam 


. Jeanette Sherwood's breach of 
promise suit against Henr/ San- 
trey was dif?mi8se ' by Justice 
Crops0y in the Br< klyn (N. Y.) 
Supreme Court Monda:. Only j 
summons served on the vaude- 
vlllian, his attorneys, Kendler & 
Goldstseln, moving to dismiss be- 
cause of failure to serve a com- 
plaint. The motion was undefended 
Santrey Js married to Ann Sey- 
mour (Harry and Ann Seymour). 

Weber and Fields as a team have 
been offered the biggest salary yet 
mentioned for a Shubert .unit 
vaude for next season. The propo- 
sition was made by I. H. Herk. It 
Is understood the comedy stars are 
Intended for a unit to be put on by 
the Affiliated Theatres Corp.,* which 
is the Shubert vaudeville controll- 
ing company, the officers of which 
Include Herk, the Shuberts, Ed 
Beatty and Max Spiegel, each of 
whom has one or more Shubert 

Early this week It was stated the 
team had not been signed, but that 
Lew Fields and Joe Weber had 
agreed to accept the- engagement 
providing their terms were ac- 
cepted. The consideration was re- 
ported to be a salary and percent- 
age of the gross, with a guarantee 
In excess of $3,000 weekly for 35 

Weber did not know of the offer 
u: til Monday, when he returned 
from a Maine fishing trip. He Is 
known to have agreed with Fields 
the unit assignment was agreeable 
if salary terms were accepted, "he 
fact that Fields has a unit of his 
own for Shubert vaudeville does not 
figure In the Herk proposal. Fields 
stated he did not believe his pres- 
ence was necessary In his own "Rltz 
Girls of 19 and 22." 

The probable engaging of Weber 
and Fields was the subject of Inter- 
est through the Shubert vaudeville 
camp this week. It was regarded 
as a coup, with the comedians fiot 
only a sure fire for the particular 
show In which they will appear, but 
to impart strength to the entire 
franchise field. Whether any unit 
show would be able to pay the sal- 
aries for Weber and Fields and turn 
a profit, except In large capacity 
stands, was questioned, but It Is 
pointed out the unit holding the 
stars might be given a larger per- 
centage than that accorded the 


As announced some time ago, 
Weber and Fields will again appear 
as a» team next season. They were 
mentioned for "Give and Take," the 
Aaron Hofrjnan comedy done on the 
coast by Kofb and Dill, and were 
reported as also receiving an offer 
from C. B. Dillingham. So far as 
the stars themselves are concerned, 
they have taken the position of ac- 
cepting the engagement that looks 
the brightest In financial return. 
Both have expres.'-ed themselves ns 
unwilling to "gamble" with a pro- 
duction, feeling that though they 
are a box office asset as a team 
they would not care to reunite un- 
less virtually sure of success. . 

Ing Saturday, July 8, 14 perform- f circus no ring nor sawdust was vis- 
ible. A platform of three sections, 
about six, laches from the ground, 
12 feet deep and about 1$ feet long, 
took the place of a ring. All of the 
acts In the circus and vaudeville 
concert used the platform. The tent 
was lighted by electricity. The con- 
cert did about $150 Friday night. 

Show's Makeup 
The circus held nine turns. In- 
cluding^ J^eannette, trapeze artist; 
the Morellos, ladder balancing 
turn; Arthur Barrett, eaullibrist 
with chairs and table arrangement; 
,lhe Sevillas, Iron jaw act; a Chi- 
nese troupe of five, jugglers, acro- 
bats and aerlallsts, with flre-eatlng 
by one of the men; Esta Trio, acro- 
batic act; Gerard and Pearl, hand- 
to-hand stuff; an acrobatic act com- 
posed of five men and a rough rid- 
ing turn by EkI Carnettt and Ed 
Bugess, the latter the only horses 
or riding In the show. The people 
listed Were those assembled for the 
circus hired from Wirth Blumenfeld 
& Co. The acts were all entertain- 
ing and of a standard commensurate 
with a good vaudeville show. The 
Keith Boys' Band furnished the cir- 
cus music. 

ances In all, two shows dally having 
been listed. But seven of the 
scheduled 14 shows were played. 
The opening In New Rochelle had 
to be called ofE July 1, owing to oi\e 
of the heaviest rainstorms In years 
flooding the lot. 

Monday, July 3, the Lights suc- 
ceeded in giving a matinee and 
night show in Great Neck, Long 
Island, doing about |500 on the two 
performances. It started to rain a 
few minutes after 8 Monday, keep- 
ing the night attendance down to a 
minimum. Tuesday, July 4, the two 
showd in Oyster Bay had to be 
canceled through more rain, and the 
same thln^r happened in Freeport 
the following day. July 6. Instead 
of playing Jamaica, as scheduled 
Thursday, the Lights canceled the 
date and played two shows in Free- 
port. The show did the banner 
business of the week's t<\fir In Free- 
port, its home grounds, where its 
club house is located, grossing 
about $1,600 on the two shows. 
While the Freeport business was 
much better than any of the other 
towns, it was way below what the 
Lights expected to do. The circus 

seating arrangements with a $2 top i As an added attraction Fred Stone 
and $1 admission permitted of a I did three separate turns, an exhlbi- 
capacity gross of $2,900. tion of revolver manipulation, whip 

$600 in One Stand 

Friday night the Lights gave their 
fifth show at Far Rockaway, doing 
about $600. No matinee was given, 
although the weather was clear. 
The i.iatinee was prevented by lack 
of a show license, necessitated 
through Far Rockaway being part 
of the city of New York. 

The circus held over Saturday 
afternoon and night In Far Rock- 
away,.doIng about $150 at the mati- 
nee and $350 at night. The total 
gross for the week, fncluding circus 
admissions, side show takings and 
receipts from the concessions, 
amounted to about $4,600. The cost 
of operation with an assembled cir- 
cus, engaged on a rental of $750 a 
day from Wlrth. Blumenfeld & Co., 
and other overhead expenses, such 
as travel, commissary department, 
lighting, etc., amounted to about 

The circus showed scarcely any 
signt of advance billing In Far 
Rockaway Friday night. It was 
claimed by people connected with 
the show that arrangements had 
been made for billing and the paper 
had been covered. Others said that 
the billing arranged for had not 
been done. The circus lot at Far 
Rockaway. situated at 117th street 
and Seagirt avenue, was a mile or 
so from the center of the town. 
rather difficult to locate by tran- 
sients. At Far Rockaway no parade 

cracking and dancing with the rope. 

Harry Hills did the announcing of 
the circus acts, acting In the capac- 
ity of ringmaster. The circus ran 
from 9 until 10.30. 

The vaudeville show started at 
10.40, and included Jim Diamond In 
songs and acrobatic dancing, Lee 
Kids, Frank and Bert Lelghton, Tom 
Lewis and Sam Ryan In a revival of 
"Hawkshaw the Detective," Frank 
"-inney in an old time comedy Bong, 
"Wash Mo. Mother"; Doraldina, in a 
cance or two, assisted by Al Slegel; 
Arthur Deagon. Buddy Walker, Ber- 
nard Granville and Pat Rooney. 

The concert was held up for a few 
minutes awaiting the arrival of the 
piano, at which Jimmy Conlon offi- 
ciated. The music box arrived on a 
motor truck, where it remained 
during the concert. .The concert fin- 
ished around 11:45. 

B. S. Moss has offered the use of 
the Columbia, Far Rockaway, Sun- 
day, July 30. to the Lights, and a 
show Is planned made up solely of 
Lights Club members, "rhe LlghtH 
hope to recoup all o^ at least part of 
the money sunk In the circus ven- 

Tinney's Affair 

Frank Tinney took the circus fur a 
benefit at Long Beach Sunday and 
ballyhooed the event to the limit. 
The boardwalk was paraded twice, 
horses and wild animal equipment 
included, and at $2 top the gross 

was given. A band wagon drove was $9,000. Proceeds went to the 
around the town an hour before the Long Beach hospital. 


Walter I'limmcr's up-state chain 
of split weeks have gradually de- 
clined to one split week between 
Rome and Watertown. N. Y. Al- 
though this single week involves a 
fare of $11 from New York, Plim- 
mcr says the demand from acts is 
pressing he has booked the 


Rouses for a month ahead. 


Fred AlUn, the "nut" coni«-.-lian. 
Is the author of "What I Know 
About »Show Business." Tho hook 
carries a title paRe and several 
blank sheets between covers. Allen 
la mailing them to ail of his fjien.J.s 
and arqufiinlin-os la the hIiow 

I > 

show, but while It was better than 
nothing as a ballyhoo, failed to in- 
fluence business to any extent. 

Before the circus proper started 
Col. Mitchell's Wild Animal show 
operated as a side attraction, with 
Victor Moore, George P. Murphy, 
Tommy Dugan and George McKay 
acting as barkers on the platform, 
pulled a little business Friday night 
at 25 cents. Children were admit- 
ted at 10 cents. A typical side show 
bund made up of brass blared away 
in.side the animal show tent, and 
h.Tlf of tho mu.sirker.s later did a 
little ground and lofty instrumental 
work outside, assisting the bally- 

Delayed Half Hour 

Tho circus, scheduled to .start at 
8:30 Friday night, did not get un- 
der way untl 9. Victor Moore and 
Will Philbrick and Marly Collins 
and Francis Gilbert did a bit of 
clowning during the fiifit i)art. Fol- 
lowing the circus was a concert 
made i\» of Lights and outs|de pro- 

Tho Long Beach ovent was not 
V ithout incidents, one of which may 
result In a damage suit. Tinney 
rode a horse into the tent, the ani- 
mal becoming nervous and stepping 
on a woman's shoulder. During tho 
afternoon a cowboy appeared on tho 
crowded beach astride a horse. 
Someone said the nag would not en- 
ter tho surf unle.«is dynamited. Th»» 
man later rode into the surf with a 
girl bather on the saddle In front of 
him. Tho horse stepped Into a holo 
and the girl had to be rescued. I'lie 
cowboy kept his seat and his hat. 
but two otiier riders approached and 
t jok him thence. 

Behind the scenes at the benefit 
there wa.s more excitement than in 
tho tent. ~ __.. 

Tlie circus wma supplied by WirlH, 
Wumonfelt & Co. Tinney .ir- 
ranged with (ieoigo Hamld of thu 
ofJire to use the show for $73t>r 
which v/ai tho (Uily latQ iot i; 
yiven tliH lAiihlA. Tlie ugenry iirst 
(Contuiued ou page 6> 


Friday, July 14, 1922 




Reported Scheduled for Last Week in September — 
Earliest at Columbus, Aug. 28 — Nothing Listed for 
Closed Houses Reopening in Greater New York 

The Keith ofllce appears to be 
hasin^ its Intention of placing open- 
ing dates for the new season upon 
the business returns at the opening 
of ia-st season. According to this, 
It Is eaid that several big time Keith 
bookings mid and southwest may 
not reopen until the final week of 
September. This particularly ap- 
plies, according to report, to Cleve- 
land, Indianapolis, Louisville and 

While the earliest opening date 
for Keith big time vaudeville is 
Aug. 28 at Columbus, from the ac- 
counts no opening date has been set 
for other Keith cities in<4hat section 
other than at Grand Rapids (Keith- 
booked) for Sept. 3. 

The present closed Keith hou.^es 
In Greater New York have had no 
opening bills as yet laid out for 
them. They will probably follow 
the customary course of reopening 
when the weather moderates or ac- 
cording to the neighborhoods located 

In Cleveland the big time opening 
will be at the new Keith's, down- 


Pop Bill for Summer in Two Big 
Time Houses 


Mrs. Morrison Doesn't 

Know Her 

Morrison's, Rockaway, "L. 1., un- 
der the mangigement of David Flack, 
has discontinued its musical com- 
edy tab policy after a week's try. 
Vaudeville and pictures have been 
installed, six act« each half, booked 
by Fally Markus. Morrison's is 
playing name headliners for a full 
week. The bill for next week is 
topped by the Courtney .Tisters and 
Georgie Jessel. 

The leasing of Morrison's, to the 
interests represented by Flack, by 
Mrs. Marrison, has caused a bill- 
board war in the Long Island shore 
resort. According to an agreement 
with Mrs. Morrifion, the Strand and 
Columbia, Far Rockaway, were 
permitted to use the Morrison 
boards during the winter. They 
continued to Use them after the 
leasing and opening of the house. 
The new management demanded 
the boards. It placed paper on 
several which In some inst.ances 
was covered by the forces of the 
other houses. 

The Flack people called upon 

Mrs. Murri.son to designate the 

boards which belonged to her 

j This she eaid she was unable to do. 

j A billing battle is now in prog- 

The contemplated change of policy I ress, with the operators of Mor- 

No Haste, Thinks J. H. Lubin 

— Two Weeks in Advance, 

Plenty of Time 

for the summer for Keith's, Syra- 
cuse, has been decided upon. The 
Syracuse house, heretofore playing 
nine acts with a big time policy, will 
switch to live acts and a feature 
picture, beginning July 24, continu- 
ing thereafter until the hot weather 
is over. The two-a-day play of 
show remains as before, and the 
house will play a full week, as in 
the past. With the change of policy 
there will be a cut in prices. 

Jack Dempsey will continue sup- 
plying the bills. 

Keith's 105th Street, Cleveland, 
heretofore playing two-a-day, will 
change to three-a-day, beginning 
July 24. It Is likely the 105th Street. 
which is booked through the Keith's 
office in New York, will receive its 
bills beginning July 24 from Keith's 
Chicago office. The policy change is 
(or the summer months only. 

rison's endeavoring to seci re 
of the new locations possible. 



Additional engagements for Shu- 
bert vaudeville units include: 

Spiegel's "Plenty of Pep": Emil 
Casper, Dolly Morrisey, Charlie 
Howard, John Quigg, Max Hoffman, 
Jr., and Norma Terris, Joe Weston 
and Grace Kline, Mable (Billie) 

Gerard's "Town Talk": Chester 
(Rube) Nelson, Bacon and Fontaine. 

Comparatively few acts have been 
booked for the Loew houses for next 
season. J. H. Lubin, the Loew 
booking executive, explained early 
bookings placed his house, at a dis- 
advantage rather 'than aided. The 
reason is that names do not count 
on the Loew circuit as elsewhere. 

Last season's early routine was 
proven to be a mistake, as when 
the season did* open many acts that 
were wanted and offered at the right 
prices could not be accepted be- 
c. use the books were filled. It was 
stated in the Loew offices all the 
material needed can be secured two 
weeks in advance and that will ap- 
ply to the fall bookings. 

Without the coast time to« be 
handled in the Loew offices, ease in 
bookings is expected. It was re- 
quired of acts last season to accept 
the coast time in order to secure a 
full route over the circuit. 

The Loew circuit will start off 
with 28 weeks. Kight weeks will 
be continued in New York, with the 
other 20 weeks outside taking in 
the Southern time. 

Some of the Middle Western 
houses are scheduled to become full 
weeks, in which case the total time 
available will be increased. 



Recalling the expression that the papers know more about condemning 
a show than they do about writing one, reminds me the theatre owe« 
much of its success to the newsparper world; that some of its most 
successful producers, authors and managers were formerly dramatio 
crlticfl, reporters or press agents, and the exploitation of all amubG- 
ments must needs be in the hands of trained newspaper men or 

A hattily, briefly compiled and incomplete list of a few producers 
authors and managers who trained in the field of journalism to illumi- 
nate the theatrical flrmrment 'nc.uces: Mark A. Luescher, Syracuse 
"Standard"-Rochc8ter "I'ost"; Jack Lait, Chicago "American"; John PoU 
lock, Washington "Star"; Channing Pollock, Washington "Times"- 
Charies B. Dillingham. "Evening Sun," Hartford "Courant,' Chicago 
"Tribune"; Irvin Cobb, New York "World"; Brock Pemberton, "Mail" 
"World," "Times"; Adolph Klauber, "Times"; Kilbourne Gordon. Wash- 
ington "Post"; Arthur Hopkins. Cleveland Plain Dealer," and also 
Avery Hopwood; the late Paul Armstrong, Buffalo "Courier"; Charles iH 
Wagner, "Musical Courier"; Frederick S. McKay, "Mail"; George Brpad- 
hurst. Minneapolis "Journal," Grand Forks "Herald"; fiooth Tarklngtori 
Indianapolis "News"; Bruce Edwards. Hartford "Courant"; .Harry Leoh 
Wilson. San Francisco "Chronicle"; George C. Tyler, Chillicothe "News" 
(owned by his father); 1^'inchell Smith. Hartford 'Courant": Harrison 
Grey J'iske, "Dramatic Mirror"; Max Marcln. old New York "Press"- 
Bayard Veiller. "Morning Telegraph"; R<A>ert McLaughlin, Cleveland 
"News"; James Forbes, Chicago and New York "Herald"; George S. Kauf- 
man, "Mail," "Tribune" and "Times"; Jules Eckert Goodman, "Bohemian 
Transcript"; Bide Dudley, New York^ "World"; Marc Connelly. 'Morning 
Telegraph"; Geo. McManus. "Journal"; Bud Fisher, New York "World"; 
John Corbin, New York "Times"; George Ade, Chicago "Dally News'"^ 
Richard Outcault. New York "Herald"; the I^attons, Chicago "Post, " and 
the late Rennold Wolf, "Morning Telegraph." Most of the successftti 
scenarios were written, adapter or put in scenario form by ex -news- 
paper men or women. Dreamland at Coney Island was made famou» 
by the line. "Everything new but the ocean." invented by Wells Hawks, 
whq^ has graced many newspapers. 

Pop at Hip, Youngstown. 
Youngstown, O., July 12. 
With the reopening of the season 
and the Hippodrome, the house will 
play pop vaudeville, booked through 

It has been playing since opening 
several years ago, big timfe bills, 
also fronv Keitti's. 


Chicago. July 12. 
Claiming that Harry Rogers, a 
local vaudeville act producer, had 
broken a contract entered into with 
her Marie Davenport, owner of an 
act, "The Japanese Revue," Insti- 
tuted suit in thfi Superior Court to 
recover $25,000 damages. 

According to the praecipe filed. 
Rogers agreed to produce the act 
for a specific period and pay royalty 
to the owner. The bill alleges that 
he failed to produce the act the con- 
tracted time and neglected to pay 
the royalty. It also alleges that he 
will not return the act to Miss Dav- 
enport until she waives all claims 
against him and gives him a receipt 

ti full for what payment he makes 

'o her. 

During the pendency ( f the trial 

Rogers has stored the not in a local 

warehouse and is paying the stor- 

ige charges. 


Empress. Danbury. Conn., July 8. 

The State, Middletown, N. Y., has 
discontinued vaudeville for 
summer. It will play pictures. 


Unit Titles 

The title of the Shubert vaude- 
ville unit that will be headed by 
Abe Reynolds will be "Success." 
Another headed by Emil Jazx Cas- 
per will be "Plenty of Pep." 


B. S. Moss' Franklin, which baa 
an amateur "Follies" this week 
composed of local Bronx stage as- 
pirants, has another departure in 
the way of an amateur stunt sched- 
uled for July. 20. 

This is an all-colored revue wlin 

Negro amateurs as the players 

and called the "Dixie Follies." The 

^ colored turn plays the Franklin but 

' one night, Thursday, July 20. 


C. O. TenniSv uooklng manager of 
the Eastern Theatre Managers' As- 
sociation, suffered severe lacerations 
of the face when he slipped and fell 
while rushing for a train at the 
Grand V^entral Terminal Saturday. 
He was confined to his home early 
ihld week die to the accident 

Artie Mehlinger entered Stern's 
Sanitarium, New York, to undergo 
a-' eye operation. Mr. Mehlinger 
expects to remain there a week. 

Max Kohn, of the A. H. Woods 
office, tripped and fell against an 
open drawer of an iron filing cab- 
inet. A large gash in his cheek 
and chin necessitated a number of 

Lute Phelps, manager of the 
Plymouth, New York, was stricken 
with ptomaine poisoning while vis- 
itirnr at Deal, N. J., last' week. He 
is recoverng. 


Grace George, Richard Barbee, 
Edna May Oliver, for "Wild Oats 
Lane" (Broadhurst). 

For Al G. Field Minstrels: Bert 
Swor, Jack Richards, Nick Hufford, 
John Healy, Jim Swor, Billy 
Church, John CartmcU (interloc- 
utor), Dorar) Brothers, Rody Jor- 
don, Boni Mack, Leslie Berry. Harry 
Frillman, Edwin Jones, Ola Ellwood, 
Carl Cameron, Walter Dorsey, with 
Maurice Scharr. orchestra leader, 
and Frank M. Pierce, bandmaster. 
Show rehearsing at the Hartman. 
Columbus, O. 

Richard Carle to be featured on 
tour in "The Blue Kitten." 

Lou and Freda Berkhoff, 'Green- 
wich Village Follies." 

Hope Sutherland, "Wild Oak 

Philip Merivale, Mary Servoss, 
Ian MacLaren, Belasco's "Merchant 
of VenicV" 

Lorin Raker. "Queen of Hearts." 

Edna Archer Crawford, 'XJat and 
the Canary" (road). 

Dewey and Rogers for Spiegel's 
Shubert vaudeville unit. 

I will appreciate any corrections or additions to this list, as I want 
this list complete before my book goes to press. 


My beloved old boss, Percy G. Williams, is always good for a storji 
whether you meet him on the street, at either of his palatial estates, 
Islip, Long Island, or Palm Beach, or only receive a card from him! 
He will always leave you laughing. A. note received today brings this 
ore: The Lambs' Club had their annual outing at Pine Acres as 
guests of Mr. Williams who, in order to facilitate the traffic, placed 
a sign on the first driveway reading "Lambs, Next Gate," and on the 
other gate one reading "L.imb9, Thlp Way." A gentleman farmer 
called on Mr. Williams yesterday to inquire if the Iambs had all been 
sold as he saw the sign was down. Can't you just see P. G. laugh 
at that? 

Molly Fuller tells m^ she is to have another operation soon at the 
Eye and Ear Infirmary. Mr. Albee has secured the services of some 
specialist who thinks th^re may be a chance to restore her sight 
Everyone interested in Miss Fuller, and everyone is, especially those 
who played the Orpheum theatre in Brooklyn while little Ruby, the 
colored dressing maid, was there, will be glad to learn that she has 
been engaged as attendant for Molly, and her devotion to her aflfllcted 
charge is worthy of emulation. 


The next Junior Orpheum to get 
under way will bo the Oakland 
house, now building and nearing 
completion. The name for the Oak- 
land Junior has not been selected. 

It will open about October 15 with 
a seating capacity of 3,500. The 
^ policy win bo along the lines of the 
State Lake In Chicago, pop vaude-. 
▼ille and pictures, four perform- 
ances d«>2y. 

*l ;ic fi:;«»ait 


(Continued from p&ge 5) 
stated the price would be $1,000. but 
because of the benefit nature of tho 
Long Beach show, conceded t*)e 
lesser rate. 

When the show was contracted 
for the Beach date, it was made 
plain to TInney the stage • coach 
would not be sent along with the 
equl|)ment. When it came to pay 
off, Tinney insisted on deducting 
150 because the wagon was not 
sent. Hamid asked fur his money 
after the show, with Tinney stating 
he would pay wlicn he got ready. 
Later in a room at the Hotel Nas- 
.sau Tinney is alleged to have in- 
sisted on paying oft the circus peo- 
ple himself. The Tinney benent 
made a good profit, grossing around 

In addition to the circus, there 
were a number of special acts. 

.. . ,:•• j 


Carroll McComas. to Walter J. 
Enrtirht, cartoonist, in New Ydrk 
July 6. 

Virginia Dixon, of the "Music 
Box Revue," to E. James Hunt in 
Larchmont, N. Y.. June 28. 

Don Mulally to Lois Howell. New 
York City. June 30. 

Jack Norton, witb his sketch, "Re- 
cuperation," In vaudeville, married 
two weeks ago Miss Haley, formerly 
of the Four Haley Sisters. She is 
now appearing in the comedy with 
her husband, billed as Corlnnc 

"The Wonder Girl." who appeared 
in Los Angeles vaudeville last week, 
was married in Seattle to Cliff 
Clark, appearing in her act with her. 
Jack McElroy and Patti Harrold 
(both of "Irene") at Waukegan, 111.. 
June 16. 

Mercedes Sunen, Spanish actress, 
to Walter B. Judd. non-professional, 
July 10, in New York. 

Geo. Stoddard, who helped write "Listen Lester," came to see me a 
few days before Thanksgiving. 1920. He inquired if there was any- 
thing he could bring me. I requested a turkey wing. He brought it 
Thanksgiving Day, but never rfetumed until a few days ago. And the 
first thing he said was "I read you are on a diet." 

When I saw the story in the "Times" nominating me for one of 
America's super women I wrote the editor I appreciated the kind 
thought that had inspired it, but was not so much interested in get* 
ting into that list as J was in keeping out of another list, and .am just 
now concentrating all of my efforts on keeping out of the obituary list. 
And if I escape that I care not who the super twelve may be, "Amer- 
ica's twelve super women." My, what a small chorus of supers. It 
must Ye for one of those intimate little shows. Maybe a tabloid or ak 
unit That's it; I bet it's a unit Well, after having been starred IS 
the cast ^or three years, they are not going to make a super of me. 

Ed Hughes, who makes the funny pictures on the sporting page^ 
the "Evening Mail," was referring to Hughie Fullerton's book, "Talei 
of the Turf," and called them "Horse Tales." A. R. DeBeer, the pub- 
lisher of the book, thinks the remark undignified. I, too, think it soundi 
a little- rac^. - 

Some time ago William Collier and R. H. Burnside advised me I waf 
Infringing on their title, "Nothing But Cuts," and that they held tho 
rights to it. I told them that they could have the rights, for I havo 
the cuts. And now I see John Keets has a coltimn or part of a columm 
in the New York "World" called "Aches and Pains." But they cannot 
be very acute or numerous, for he never 'fills a column. It's easy 
telling It's not a spinal column, or It would be full of "Aches and 


Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gerard Smith, 
at their home in Chicago, July 8, 

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kraus, at their 
home In New York, July 11, a son. 


Jack Allman and Jessie Howard 
(from musical comec'.y), two-act. 

Billy Dale (formerly of Dale and 
Burch) with four , people (Sam 
Shannon). ' 

Alice Robe, than whom America boasts no better newspaper woman. 
Is abroad on feature stories. Her linguistic ability proves of great 
value for foreign assignments. She interviewed Duse in Italian, Bern- 
hardt in French, then went to London to do a story on Mrs. Fat 
Campbell. She made me very happy telling me the divine Sarah in- 
quired most interestedly about me and made me laugh at Mrs. Camp- 
bell saying I was the only person she met in America who could say 
"damn it" just to suit her. (Pat Casey, please note.) 

Friday, July 14. My baby's birthday and I haven't seen her for 
nearly three years because she is way out in Indiana. But every 
mother knows what it meana to us to have them away from us on their 
birthdays. Excuse me. nurfee; there's something In my eye. 


* w 


•»lr ''.-t-' 

The month of "two can live as cheap as one" brought many welcome 
callers, among them: Eddie Sullivan, Carrie Scott. Eddie Cantor, Nan 
Halperln. Mr. and Mrs. Flsk'^ O'Hara. Mrs. McElroy, Harry Leighton, 
Mrs. Frederick Prince, A. R. DeBeer, Chas. E. Bray. Max Plohn, John 
Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. Corneliu. B^ellows. Mrs. Campbell Casad, Helen 
Donnelly, Helen Lackaye. Hamilton Revelle, Frank .Gould, Irene lYank- 
lln and Vurty, Richard Richards. Grantland Kice, Mr. and Mrs. r,eorg« 
Stoddard. T. Daniel Frawley, Gordon Blyth Lizzie B. I.aymond, Father 
LIndor, Winifred Van Dusen, Beaumont Sisters, Great Maurice and wife. 
Mrs. Chas. Osgood, Paul Nicholson. Angle Norton. Molly Fuller and 
Ruby, Josephine Ober. Mr. and Mrs, Barney Davis. Nellie Sterling, 
Pen Fri«.nd, Jules Delmar. Patrick Henry Slrnley (of Los Anpeles), Mrs. 
O. L. Hall, Daniel Burns. Constance Farber. Hosana Koccamora. Van 
and Carrie Avery. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Belmont, J. J. Maloney. Libble 
McCann, Florence Moore. Ed Hughes, Mrs. W. H. Donnl.lsf>ii, Ab<* 
Levey and daughter Doris, O. Horace Mortimer,' Mrs. S. W. VVithing- 
ton and Grace Drayton, the lady who originated the Campbell KmIs. 

I'm glad I got that off of my chest; :♦. reads like cme of Fraik Van 
Hoven's ads. Hello, Frank, old pal; hurry back. ' 


Friday. July 14. 1928 



Smaller Burlesque Circuit to "Sell** Attraction to 
House for $1,150— $200 Weekly Profit for Pro- 
ducer — Seven Principals and 16 Chorus Girls 

The plan of operation for the 
newly organized Mutual Burlesque 
Association shows will be somewhat 
Bimilar to the manner in which the 
Burlesaue Booking Offices handled 
its shows last season. The Mutual 
plans to get under way around* the 
latter part of August. 

The house receiving Mutual 
franchises will "buy" the show 
from the Mutual booking office each 
iweek. The show will receive $1,150. 
The producers must limit their 
overhead for ^ach show to J950 a 
\veek. The producers in that way 
are guaranteed $200 a week for 
their proJit. No matter whether the 
show does $1,200 on a given week or 
$5,000. the producer receives the 
sam.^ amount for his share — $200. 
,.> The producers are r<?<iuircd to 
have seven principals witk each 
show — two comedians, straignt ai^d 
character man. and three women, 
ingenue, soubret and prima. Ench 
Show will have sixteen chorus girls. 
There will be a cr^nsor board rnain- 
taircd by the Mutual to see that its 
rMlesj are carried out with r*>spect to 
t,he number of principals and chu»- 
isters. ^ _ 

None of the sh^ws will carry any 
set plL'CC3 of scenery, everything in 
the scenic line being of the aniiit.v- 
dyed order, that can be carried in 
trunks. In that way the Mutual 
shows will eliminate the carrying of 
stage carpenters^ electriciaTis and 
property men. Each house will 
have about six sets of scenery, and 
these will be shifted around the cir- 
cuit on an exchange ,b<'\sis wjin 
other houses every three or four 

Leo Singer, connected with the 
Jacobs & Jermon office for a num- 
ber of years, has been appointed 
general manager of the Mutual. 

Franchises are scheduled to be 
allotted next week.* The shows will 
play at a general scale of 75 cents 

The houses of the M. B. A. will 
^ pay all baggage and transportation 


May Go into Court Against Co- 

An internal battle within the 
Tanks of the Columbia directorate 
that has been simmering for sev- 
eral weeks, and ia scheduled to 
break any day now, holds possibili- 
ties of developing into a flght that 
will line up the stockholders of the 
organization in factions. 

Ou« Hill at present is the 4ole in- 
surgent, avowedly opposed to the 
management of the Columbia 
Amusement Co. and allied proper- 
ties In which he holds stock Inter- 
«»ts. Hill threatens to seek the aid 
of the courts to correct certain al- 
leged matters in Cnlumbii manage^ 
ment to which he is opposed. 

Hill's chief complaint appears to 
be against the payment of salaries 
to the executives of the Columbia. 

The disagreement is scheduled to 
reach the court stage this week or 
next week. 

While it has not been conceded or 
admitted by Hill, it !.•» reported that 
burlesque people now with the Shu- 
bert vaudeville interests who hold 
Btock In the Columbia will be lined 
up .vith Hill in the battle that now 
seems Inevitable. 


Joe and rrr.rrV. T-«vU: Tvr: 
thl.s week to the list of ColumMa 
producers for next season. The 
Levitt.s will operate a .show, prob- 
ably in conjunction wif.i .John G. 
Jermon. The title has not been se- 
lected. ^ 

The Levitts formerly operated a 
snow on tJie American wheel. Their 
'Somo Show" played the lonscst of 
^"y of the American Hhow.«. and 
was iitrd na one of the few that 
nni.Hhed sea.>^on with a profit. 


Columbia's Scale to Be Revised and 


AMERICAN'S $30,000 

Retrial Ordered of Columbia 

Co.'s Suit on Two 


The proposed sliding scale shar- 
ing terras plan for the Columbia 
shows and houses next season came 
up for di.Hcu.s8ion at the monthly 
meeting of the Columbia directors 
Thursday (July 6). 

A tentative table of sharing terms 
with a sliding scale for each of the 
Columbia houses was drawn up and 
submitted to the directors for con- 
sideration. These will be gone over 
by the directors with a view of re- 
vising either way. 

The different tables will be re- 
aubmitted to the Columbia director- 
ate at the monthly meeting sched- 
uled for the first Thursday in Au- 
gust, and a final system evolved that 
will .set the sharing terms for the 

The principle of the proposed new 
sharing terms call for a .«<how play- 
ing a Columbia house and doing 
$5,003 \o leceive a 50-50 split. If 
the .show doers 50.000 it would re- 
ceive more, with the i^ho'.v's share 
increasing with the amount of busi- 
ness done. 



In the $30,000 suit by the Colum- 
bia Amusement Co. against the 
American Burlesque Association on 
two note.s, Justice Cohalan In the 
New York Supreme Court Wednes- 
day set aside the verdict for the 
defendant and granted the Colum- 
bia a new trial. The A. B. A:. 
three weeks ago, before a Jury won 
out on its contention that the $30,- 
000 notes (one for $20,000 and one 
for $10,000) were not to be redeemed 
until the Mount Morris theatre. New 
York, and the Capitol, Washington, 
D. C, had earned enough profits to 
cover the notes. 

The consideration back of the 
notes was the selling of a con- 
trolling Interest in the theatres by 
the Columbia to the A. B. A., the 
provision being they were not re- 
deemable until certain profits had 
been made. 

Leon on the day he sailed 
for Kurope three weeks ago argued 
for the Columbia that the verdict 
was against the evidence and con- 
trary to law. Ju.«tlce Cohalan's de- 
cision on Wednesday decided in fa- 
vor of the Columbia. The new trial 
will not ome up until the fall. 


Columbia Circuit Rules for Only 

Woman Auditor Hit by Flying Bag, 
Sent by Jack Johnson 

Buffalo. July 12. 

Suit against the American Bur- 
le.squc Enterprises, Inc., and Jack 
Johnson, the pugilist, Mas been be- 
gun by Mrs. Margaret M. Broham 
for Injuries sustained when -a 
punching bag, slammed by the ex- 
champion during the course of his 
act, came and landed in the 
audience at the Academy last No- 

Knocking the bag from its moor- 
ings is a favorite stunt for exhibit- 
ing pugiltst.s. On the occa.sion in 
question the bag flew into the 
crowd, striking the plaintiff on the 
side of the head and rendering her 
unconscious for half an hour. 


The Columbia Amusement Co. 
has rendered a decision to the ef- 
fect that but one comic may use 
the name "Bozo" next season on 
the circuit. This will be Bozo Sny- 
der with the "Follies of the Day." 

The decision followed a complaint 
registered by the Miner-Qerard peo- 
ple against the proposed billing u/ 
Mddie (Bozo) Fox with Jimmie 
Cooper's show. 

The all-colored show slated to be 
called the "Syncopated Revue" that 
ilurtig & Seamon had In prepara- 
tion as a Columbia wheel attraction 
for next season has been called off 
as far as the Columbia is con- 
cerned, the Columbia Amusement 
Co. having ruled against any but 
white shows for the coming year. 


New Haven, Conn., will be off t«e 
Columbia wheel next seapon. The 
Columbia shows played the Hy- 
perion there for the last few years. 

Worcester, Mass., will replace it. 
the shows playing a full week at 
the Franklyn Squar6. The latter 
house has had dramatic stock as 
its most recent policy. 


One Cilumbia-DcCourvllIe Show 
*AP;ort ,1,. Cuurvillc will h.iv«> one 
j^Um\ , f two show.'*. .Ks .it firs' 
rarruig..,!^ t.^ {^^ Columbia circuit 
"<'Xt i.:uun. M. S. II Mitham will 
*''*I>ro.ont de Courvllles interests 
over hci-e. 


The Al Reeves show on the Co- 
lumbia wheel for next season is set. 
Al will open It in his home town, 
Brooklyn. 14. at the Casino, 
playing a couple of preliminary 
weeks before the regular opening. 

George Ward in principal comic 
and will have Hilda Giles as as- 

Miner Estate in with -"C- 

Joan r.eilini will oper;<te his 
"Churklt\s of IOL'2" on thf Columbia 
wheel n<'xt s«'asf»n. in partner.ship 
with ihf Minor E.>^tate. The Bodim 
show intfr<-st of he Minor.n will re- 
I)laro the "CJirls de Looks." whirh 
tho MiM'Ms antl I'.arnoy (;or,«nl 
jointly opuatfd for several .sea.sons 

Edwards a". Casino, Philly 

Diirlos IMwiu-d.-^. (>ni<(» manager 
for Harry Ha.stings for .several year** has breu a;)pointo(J rosid.'nt 
man;\por of lh«? Casino. rhilad<'lphi.i. 
n«'Xi .sea.son. 

The house p'.ay.s the Columbia 

whcol allows. 


Tl»e will of William V. Jennins-. 
junior member of the firm of Peck 
&. Jennings, producing »managers of 
"The Jazz Babies," on the American 
Burlesque circuit last season, filed 
last week for probate in the Surro- 
gates Court, leaves his entire es- 
tate of "about $400" in per.sonaiiy 
to his widow, Lottie B. Jennings, of 
550 West 180th street, New York. 
She, without bonds, is named as the 

The document admitted to pro- 
bate this week was executed April 
24. 11)17. 

Mr. Jennings, survived also by a 
brother and three sisters, died May 
21 of a complication of diseases 
that brought on rheumatism of the 

He was 59 years old and had been 
assioclated with George Peck for 
several years In producing shows. 
Prior to that time Mr Jennings had 
been in the employ of James E. 
Cooper for ten or more years. 


J. J. Lieberman and Harry Sha- 
piro have been engaged as road 
managers for Barney Gerard's^two 
unit shows. 

Shafer Manager for Hastings 
Eddie Shafer, formerly with the 
Gerard office, has been appointed 
manager of Harry Hastings Colum- 
bia show, "Knick Knacks," next 

Bernhard Managing Miner's Bronx 
Hughie Bernhard has been ap- 
pointed manager for Miner's Bronx 
next sea.son. He will succeed Wil- 
liam Rife. 

The Minerva, Jersey City, under 
the management of Charles May. 
plays vaudeville starting Monday, 
booked by Harry Lorraine of the 
Fally Markus olTlce. The house will 
fnny itiCe t\vo-day splits with three 
acts to each h!ll. Wooniaud l*Sj:LL, 
Trenton, ?'. J., has vaudeville four 
lots for a full week with no mat- 
inees, booked by Fally Markus. 


An outing was t<'ndere<l Harry 
ra<M*«n and Louis Piiious booking 
Wf-n (ftrin»'(lod with the Amal«a- 
rnated ARonry -by the inflop«'n«lont 
.»g«-ntH Wodnesday. A boat was 
(•hirler«d and a trip taken up the 
IliKl.son. Harry Shea was niastor 
of ctTc-monics. 

George Gambrill ha.i b'-en ap- 
poiiilrd press r<'r»ro.H«'ntative for ih- 
• Ki hot'S of Broadway" Shiil)"i t 
vaud -vilb* unit that the Butlf^r Ks- 
tate will oj>v'rate noxt season. 

The VelodromO, New York's new 
open air sport arena, staged another 
ohamplonAhip boxing match Mon- 
day night, when Joe Lynch, the 
youthful bantam scrapper of West 
Forty-seventh street, regained the 
crown of his class by defeating 
Johnny Buff of Jersey City, against 
whom is marked a technical knock- 
out. The finish came within eight 
seconds after the 14th round began. 
Lynch, who was ahead by a mile on 
points, rushed acroHs the ring to 
Bull's corner. Joe almost had to 
step around Patsy Haley, tho ref- 
eree, ile was at the weakened Buff 
like a flash. lacing him with both 
hands. A clip with the left to the 
chin sent the veteran from across 
the Hudson to the canvas. He rest- 
ed on his elbows and the count had 
hardly begun when a towel was 
flung into the ring by Buff's sec- 
ond. That individual, who looked 
like a physician, leaped over the 
ropes, touched his boy, who had 
now arisen, on the shoulder and the 
defeated bantamweight king walked 
to his corner without protest. 

The action of Buff's second was 
the sane thing to do. The badly 
beaten little man was weak from 
the loAs of blood that streamed 
from his mouth from the second 
round on. In the 13th Joe chased 
Joj^nny around the ring, buffeting 
him about the face. Haley looked 
towards Buff's corner twice, ex- 
pecting the towel to be thrown then. 
At the end of the round the refeic^ 
talked earnestly with Buff and his 

The Jersey midget entered the' ring 
at 113V^ ])ounds. Lynch was an- 
nounced ut 117% pounds and looked 
three pounds heavier. Not only did 
Buff concede weight, which is often 
vital in bouts of this division, but 
he had the disadvantage of sever..! 
inches in reach. Also Buff had not 
fought since early in the winter, a 
factor which was doped to count 
against him. 

Buff was the pos.scs.sor of two-box- 
ing championships, holding the fly- 
weight titio as well as the bantam- 
weight. Though defeated be still 
ranks with the champions. Judged 
from his performance Monday, he 
would do lielter to htick to his class, 
since a man of his age (reputed to 
be 34) can hiirdly hope ^ to again 
figure with the sturdier boxers of 
more weight. 

Two seasons ago Lynch won the 
bantam championship from Babe 
Herman. Soon afterwards Herman 
turned the tables on the we«t sider. 
Along came Buff, who had Just an- 
nexed the flyweight title, and lifted 
the crown again from Herman's 
dome. -Last winter Lynch and Buff 
were matched for Madison Square 
Garden, but an operation forced 
Buff to cancel. The long lay-off and 
Illnoits was doubtless the telling 
factor against him and flght circles 
were surprised that Buff risked his 
title without bplng "right." 

I..^nch w T a nine to Ave favorite. 
He had defeated Buff once before. 
That was prior to the Jersey lad's 
meeting with Herman. Buff is 
known to have a "sock," but he 
never connected with Lynch Mon- 
day. His blows when they did land 
found parking spots on Joe's Ahoul- 
dors and chest. Barely did he And 
Lynch's map. After the flrst two 
rounds it looked like a 20 to 1 for 
Lynch to win. He left the ring 

Lynch'a left punched to the 
championship. He used the right 
infrequently, but It often counted, 
and there is no doubt he held it in 
reserve. Joe's portslde Jabbing had 
the Jerseyite badly bleeding In the 
second and In the third round the 
"one-two" made It worse. In the 
fifth Lynch staggered BuflC with 
rights to the chin. At the bell 
Johnny peered at the west sider, 
slowly circled and went to his cor- 
ner. It looked over at that point. 
In the next session Lynch knocked 
Buff across the ring. BuflC retali- 
ated with lefts to tho face. It was 
about the best round for Buff, but 
Joe more than evened it up. In the 
r»n»h mxi'i mUi^^-I V,'it:it tiirc>ufih the 
rope« under pressure Of ft Lynch 
volloy. A right to the Jaw further 
damaged him and he spat out a 
to(*lh or pieoe of bridgework, which 
Haloy picked up. Tho crowd start- 
ed moving after that. P^ach round 
found a moveinont toward the 
exits. Buff dospi-rately tried in the 
next two round.H. but he did not 
se«m a bio to hurt Lynch. Not one 
rouM'l was won by Johnny and only 
one rould be counted even. Lyneh 
n"t only outfought his man all th«' 
way. but niatle it (.no of the 
ono-sidod chamidonship flglits se«'n 
in years. one of the goriowt 
The .semi -final was an audience 

tickler, a curious exhibition of sock- 
ing by two second rateru — Frankie 
Jerome of the Bronx and Jack Wolfe 
of Cleveland. The latter is a sawed - 
off little Italian, weighted at 120 
pounds, which was the poundage of 
Jerome, a rangy youth. Jerome 
floored the Cleveland midget four or 
Ave times in the Arst round. Wolfe 
couldn't be bothered with taking the 
count. Though woozy, he came 
back at the close and slammed 
Jerome around the ring, with the 
crowd in an uproar. Wolfe started 
diving again in the second, but 
again made Jerome pay attention. 
Wolfe was on the floor a number of 
times after that, once sllppinic down 
prone on his stomach. The bell 
saved him in the ninth, but it was 
not until the 11th. when he vaa 
again flattened, that he took the 
count. In the eighth the western 
party came to life and did some 
fancy walloping that had the Bronx 
kid in trouble and the crowd ex- 
cited. Wolfe for the most part was 
punch drunk. Not once at the bell 
did he know In what direction hia 
corner was. He had to be sent on 
his way by the referee most of the 
time. How he stayed the 12-round 
limit only he knows, and Joe Hum- 
phries made an unnecessary an- 
nouncement that Jerome was the 

It was an evening of heavy hit- 
ting by little men. In the opening 
four-rounder Willie O'Connell of the 
same stable as Lynch defeatcl a 
bald-headed boxer nAmed Murray. 
Harry Brown of Philadelphia and 
Johnny Drummle of Jersey, two 
lightweights, traded wallops In a 
six-round match next. Drummlo 
took a severe body pummeling. 
Brown getting the decision. 

The Velodrome Is the summer 
quarters of Tex RIckard, the arena 
ali«o being a banked bike track for 
cycle and nr.otor-paced races twice 
weekly. It Is located at 225th street, 
close to tho west side subway. Mo- 
tcrr car parking places are In de- 
pressions on either aide of the 
street, making it a tedious job of 
getting away from the spot. 

A crowd of 3.500. the largest that 
ever attended a boxing show In 
T.oy N? Y., saw a disappointing 
card at Bolton Hall last week. The 
bouts were under the auspices of the 
Knights of Columbus. The main 
contest, between Frankie Laureatte, 
local pride, and Vince Coffey, Kings- 
ton welterweight, was a flivver, and 
the scheduled four-round exhibition 
bout between Joe Lynch. New York, 
bantamweight, and Battling Reedy. 
his Mparring partner, was called off 
by the Athletic Commission. Coffey 
had prevlojsly defeated Laureatte, 
but the latter's manager vowed that 
It would be a different story on the 
return engagement. Reams and 
reams of newspaper talk about a 
knockout, grudge flght and all the 
other p. a. stuff, with the added bait 
of an exhibition bout by Joe Lynch, 
led the fans to expect big things, 
but they were handed a lemon, as la 
so often the case when a "steaming 
up" process is employed, laureatte 
assumed a Jim Jeffries crouch and 
stuck in his shell until the Uth 
round, when he cut loose. Few blows 
w . struck by either and the crowd 
razzed both from tho fourth round 
on. In the eighth round many pa- 
trons started to wend their way out, 
flguring that they had seen enough 
"Aghting' for the night. To make 
the lemon sourer, one of the con- 
testants in a preliminary was not 
allowed to go on by the Athletic 
Commission because of his age. The 
receipts were $5,926, with the win- 
ner's share in the main go $1,125 and 
the loser's the same, according to 
report. The K. of C. received about 
$1,200 for its end. 

City ^nd county authorities last 
week took action to end the opera- 
tion of baseball pools in Troy. It is 
alleged at least three big pools iiave 
been doing bufllncss in tho city since 
the baseball season started. One is 
CtniUvil^/d ty a Truy jnan^ another 
by Boston men and ihv third by >?- 
bany men. Complaints were made 
several weeks ago, but it was decide,] 
to await the return c District At- 
torney Timothy J. Qulllinan from 
France, wliore he went after two 
"horse raoo" swindlers. The district 
attorney waS'Unable to take up the 
matter until Friday, when he con- 
ferred with Mil y or Jamet W. Flem- 
ing, and mapped out plans for war 
on the pools by the combined forces 
of city and county i>olice. A factor 
in brinK'ing about this action was a 
letter Kent to the district attorney by 
(Continued on page 21) 


Friday, July 14, 1922 



Old Days of "Gun Mobs" and "Cooch" Dancers Gave Bad Name to "Carnival" 
— Those Days Are Over — Natives and Officials Now Wised Up— Only 
Chant:e Now for Thorough Clean Show 

SomethinK iloiiig in carnival cir- 
Vies; radical changes in the present- 
day methods may soon be looked 

An undercurrent of unrest is rife. 
Carnival managers are beginning to 
think, while some are actually act- 
ing in a direction looking toward 
the betterment of their attractions 
and the carnival ihdustry in gen- 

The word "carnival" la being 
eliminated in all billing oi: local 
events. These are now advertised 
as "Al Fresco Fete3," "Jubilees," 
-Festivals," "Kermesses," "Out- 
door Bazaars," etc. 

Within the past weeks four shows 
have closed and gone into storage 
until the fair dates begin, while 
several managers are offering their 
shows for sale — lock, stock and bar- 
rel. -) 

Two carnival owners have leased 
their shows for a stipulated term, 
while others have openly declared 
th'..j will be their last season. 

Managers with a view of remain- 
ing in the field have taken active 

to all of these big celebrations in 

These dips plied their rac'.et un- 
molested, working in the big "tips" 
("tips"— viz., alang for a big 
crowd) in front of the main bally- 
hoos, or frisking a simp as he hung 
onto the handles of the magnetic 
batteries which were all the rage In 
those days. 

A favorite "tip" for tha "gun 
mobs" was around the big ' ee acts 
— always free acts at the big doings 
—and in the big crush the "tools" 
and their "stalls" could work with 
impunity. In the general mixup 
there was little chance o' a rumble. 

This was in' the days of the big 
celebrations when lodges were put- 
ting on the big carnivals, and from 
which the present-day carnival 
business really sprgng. It was a 
day of easy money. Out of the 
nucleus that it created, carnival 
companies began to spring up like i EDITOR MacMANUS LEFT $2,000 

ment it has been receiving from the 
average carnival in the past. It 
demands a clean show, with clean 
and legitimate concessions; it will 
see to it that it gets what it wants. 

The carnival manager may dis- 
card the word "carnival," and he 
may go to all lengtfis to camou- 
flage his shows, but he may call it 
a circus, a Chautauqua or a church 
revival, but aothing will avail him 
in the long run outside'of the absb- 
lute elimination of all money games, 
crooked devices and immoral or re- 
pulsive shows. 

The carnival may stay and it 
will continue to prosper, but not un- 
til it can live down the evil repu- 
tation ^ by a complete renovation 
and a determination to honestly 
declare a policy of cleanliness and 
refinement, and to live up to that 
policy to the letter. 


After Co|i«t Trip, Through Sguth 
and Close 

While the Ringling-Barnum-Ba<ley 
will play Chicago it will not inter- 
fere with the proposed coast trip of 
the big circus. The Chicago stand 
has been dated from July 22 to 30, 
shorter than the customary stay 
(two weeks) out there. 

The coast tour of the Barnum- 
Bailcy circus will Include only the 
larger cities of the far west. Fol- 
lowing, the circus will move down 
the coast and along the southern 
tier, probably into Texas, making its 


Injunction at Ft. Scott Agi^ 

tates Entire State Against 

All Carnivals 

Kansas City, July 12. 

When the J. George Loos Shows 
refused to heed the advice of the 
county attorney of Bourbon coun- 
ty, Kans., and not unload at Fort 
Scott, a couple of weeks ago, they 

not only caused themselves a lot 
final stands in the south, with no of trouble, expense and los^ tkjne, 

closing date even yet s\jggested. It 
may be later than has happened in 

previous seasons, through the ex-^, news the shows had been stopped 

but have made things bad for iot 
other carnivals in the state. Th« 


mushrooms. Every Syrian or Ar- 
menian that owned a dancing girl 
show soon blossomed for as a 
carnival owner. They grew too 
fast, and they worked too swiftly. 



tractions. Many have gone so far 
as to engage real circus and novelty 
acts to bolsster up their weak 

A • strict eye is being given to 
conce.«^sions. These are being care- 
fully watched by the conscientious 
manager. All infringements of 
privilege are imipediately remedied 
by closing u:> the delinqueiit stores 
and leaving them with their owners 
flat on the lot. 

The far-seeing manager Vealizcs 
the days of "ripping" anl "tearing" 
are gone. The old-time stories of 
how "We trimmed a ma.rk for a C 
and • half," and^of how "We clipped 
a couple of monkeys for their whole 
roll," are no longer heard around 
the cook tent, counter o. in the 
privilege car after the night shows, 
as in the old days when the "fiat 
joint" and the thieving store were 
the .icc . led rule instead of the ex- 

That the carnival has changed 
materially since its inception some 
25 years ago, all observers will 
agree. In the ,old days there were 
few' shows that didn't carry "strong 
joints," and most managers were in 
the business solely for "the racket." 
In fact few of them believed it 
possible to operate without money 
fjambling and its kindreu evils. 
Thoy were by no means particular 
about attractions and sideshows, 
and the Oriental show with its 
cooch" dancing girls \yas usually 
the big feature of thO midway. 
Platform .shows with "Sleeping 
Beauty," "The Girl in Blue," and 
the "Girl From Up There" wore all 
favorite features. Thoy got the 
money in the good old days of big 
Klks' Carnivals, 'ilome Comings" 
and the big centennials that were 
put on and si.on*<orod by the civic 
authorities in small cit! s all over 
the States. 

Then it was all wide op< i. go as 
you please, and the carnival mid- 
way soon became the happy hunt- 
ing ground for every petty grift er 
and tinhorn gambler in the country. 
Everything was O. K. The car- 
nival nanager was glad to get his 
bit. Small town police were not yet 
familiar with "the racket," and the 
local law was innocent of the "spin- 
dle," the "drop case," the "hand 
striker" and the other mechanical 
thieving, machines brought Into ex- 
Istcncfl hv_ihi rccc;:7C^*v.l KH»Tmi«Ts 
who were out to make hay only, re- 

It was a common thing to see a 
chief of police or a sheriff -tanding 
up against a "gaff joint" in those 
days and getting a trimming like 
any othi. yap. Everything went, 
and everybody was making money. 
It came too fast for most of them — 
It turned their heads. They thought 
the good times would last forever 
and they got reckless. Anything 
and anybody that could pay r privi- 
lege was allowed to work, many 
f^oing so far as to cut themselves in 
with the "gun mobs" which flocked 

..«..- v»«^.. >.^v.,». J5£H® ^® ^^^ tradition of the car- 
steps" toward" improving their at-inl^aHnanager, they gave no thought 

of tomorrow. They overstepped the 
mark. They killed the goose. They 
took such liberties in some com- 
munities that they invoked the ill- 
feeling of the local autho.'.ties. 

Their brasen activities insulted 
the intelligence of the public. With 
their filthy shows, thqir thieving 
concessions, their pickpockets and 
othe^ highbinders, the carnival then 
gained the bad name which has 
never left It. 

But came the deluge. The Grand 
Lodge of tne Elks took up the mat- 
ter seriously, and issued a decree 
forbidding subordinate lodges to 
hold any sort of a carnival where 
shows and concession were a part 
of the entertainment. The Eagles 
followed, as did several other large 
lodge organizations. The big local 
and civic events petered ut be- 
cause the mercha*nts were dis- 
gusted. Thoy refused to Turther 
subscribe to the big bon\ ses the 
carnival agents demanded. There 
were bonuses in those days, and 
carnival managers got a big pitece 
of this for themselves after the cost 
of the free acts was deducted and 
after the general agent had got his 
share; for the general agent, instru- 
mental in securing the bonus, usu- 
ally claimed a full 50 per cent, of 
the net for his. 

Business with the carnival began 
to peter out. Many of the newly 
formed companies went out of busi- 
ness. For five or six years there 
was an actual sl^mp. But few of 
the shows seemed to be creating 
much of a sensation. 

Along about 1910 there came a 
new impetus. The big shows began 
to awaken to the importance of the 
big State B^airs and the present 
lively fight for opposition for fair 
contracts began to rear itself into a 
real battle of strategy. 

Since that time new tihow^ have 
popped into existence. Many small 
shows commenced to assume real 
proportions. A number of the old 
shows have gone forever, and in 
their places are others, until it is 
safe to say that never before have 
there been so many midway or- 
ganizations on the road; never in 
the history of the carnival business 
has there ever been such a mixed 
collection of good, bad and indif- 
ferent shows as are current. "While 
true Ihere ara_mor» ijig- g^njws an 
more legitimate attractions, it is 
still a fact the country Is over- 
run with shows of the "gypsy camp" 
type, whose man: jers, w" hout a 
though^ for the future or a care for 
others, Jufst amble along, ripping 
and tearing, robbing ai.d pillaging, 
and in every way ruining the busi* 
ness to the everlasting detriment of 
the enlightened manager, who wants 
and still strives to give the public 
a clean show and value for their 

The authorities, even In the 
smallest of towns, arc getting wised 
up to conditions. Even the public 
is beginning to resent the treat- 

The will of Jo83ph D. MacManut^. 
editor, author and founder of the 
magazine known as "The Bill 
Poster," who died on April 1, nam- 
ing his widow, Florence Worshal 
MacManus, of 15 Wadsworth ave- 
nue, sole legatee, and, without 
bonds, also the executrixyof his es- 
tate, estimated at about $2,000 in 
personalty, which recently was filed 
in the "Surrogate's Court, was or- 
dered admitted to probate by Sur- 
rogate Cohalan this we'^k. 

Mr. MacManus. survived only by 
his widow, lo whom he l^d been 
married about 11 years, died after 
ji brief illness at the Post Graduate 
Hospital and* was laid to rest /at 
Roanoke, Va. He was born in Bal- 
timore and during the Spanish- 
American war served as a corre- 
spondent in the Philippines for Han 
Francisco newspapers. He was a 
short story writer, wrote two books, 
"The Might of Manhattan" and 
"Soldiers of the Philippines." and 
for many years was the editor of 
"The Bill Poster." His will was 
executed March 25, and witnessed 
by Thomas C. Nettles, Frederick W. 
Heller and Harry P. Uhlitz. 


Paris, June 30. 
The French police interrupted me 
performance of a circus at Grenoble 
last Saturday and demanded to see 
<he identity papers oU performed. 
It is alleged 14 were Germans trav- 
elling with passports describing 
them as Czecho-Slovak. which led 
to their arrest as bearers of false 
documents. Among them was a 
member of the Hagenbeck family, 
from Hamburg, and his wife. 


Port Allegany. Pa., July 12. 

The Harry Copping Shows, which 
exhibited here, are for sale. The 
material includes nine railroad cars, 
tents for four shows,- and one rid- 
ing device. 

The show is under the manage- 
ment of T. J. Gigliotti. 


Billy Kline, former high diver. Is 
with Gloth's Greater Shows in the 
capacity of business manager. 

Ted Custer, general agent of the 
McCort Shows, Is 'now resting at 

The big Los Angeles event, which 
l3_b£iilfiMiresu;^i^ wy Jmmny I5er- 
ger, will be known as California's 
Pageant of Progress and Industrial 
Exposition. There will be amuse- 
ment features. Including a mam- 
moth midway. Da.te Aug. 26 to 
Sept. 9. 

I. C. Bartlett, press agent, has 
closed with the H. T# Freed Exposi- 
tion Shows. J. D. Duke is now 
handling the press. 

Ed C. Warner, general agent of 
the Sells-Floto Shows, has been ill 
at the Palmer House, Chicago. 

W. A. Creevey. former general 
agent ahead of the Burns Greater 
Shows, is now with th<i^ Dodson & 
Cherry Shows in the capacity of 
special agent. 

pectation of outdoor showmen that 
the south this fall will be good 
ground for exhibiting until the win- 
ter months. 

Jt has been first reported the big 
show might pas9 up Chicago this 
summer to speed Into the west, but 
the plan, if decided upon, was 

Even before the gossip that the 
RInglings would surely go to the 
coast got into the open there was a 
sudden reversal of the Hagenbeck- 
Wallace route. The Ballard-Muggi- 
van property had made several small 
stands in Indiana the last week in 
June and had progressed as far west 
as Minnesota by the beginning of 
this week. On the surface the In- 
tent was to carry out the declared 
Intention of covering the Pacific 
Coast territory. 

Since the determination of the 
Kinglings to complete the transcon- 
tinental round trip the Hagenbeck 
route has suddenly been changed, 
and by next week It will be playing 
back in the Hoosier State, starting 
at Gary, in the northwest corner, 
and moving southeast to Anderson, 
Ind.. July 22. An odd-aspect of the 
Hagenbeck -Wallace route Is that It 
is skipping the big towns and mak- 
ing aiSJrtla nearly all under 30.000 
population. The show apparently 
will pass Muncie. with 40,000 popu- 
lation, and Indianapolis, with over 
300.000, although it travels within 40 
miles of both towns. The circus ap- 
pears to be specializing in small 
towns. The biggest community It 
visits this week is Mason City, la., 
with 20,000, scheduled fo.- Tuesday, 
while it makes Monmouth. III., with 
8,000 population, today (Friday). 

The deduction among circus men 
is that Ballard & Muggivan declined 
the challenge of playing the narrow 
Pacific Coast strip In competition 
with the big show, and Is using up 
the Middle Western small towns, 
leaving the main towns for Sells- 

The Ringling new route card, tak- 
ing the show up to mid-August, was 
out early this week. It disclosed it 
will make a nine-day stand under 
canvas at Grant park, on the Chi^ 
cago lake front lot. 

Some of the railroad jumps in 
early August are enormous move- 
ments for a show with nearly 100 
cars. During the week from August 
7 U> August 12 traveling through 
the Canadian wheat belt of Mani- 
toba and Saskatchewan the total of 
six jumps Is over 1,000 miles. The 
longest jump is 224 miles. To make 
the movement in time for an after- 
noon performance the previous 
night show will be abandoned and 
only the afternoon show played. 
This plan of fitting in long jumps 
is used several limes. 

The early August travel total of 
1,009 miles in a week compares with 
337 for the current week and 368 for 
next week. "John RingMng.who Is do- 
ing the routing, assisted by Charles 
Meagher, apparently intends now t<i 
make the Chicago stand and then 
jump ahead of the rival circus. The 
route evades the underpopulated 
northern states of North Dakota and 
Montana, making the width of 
Minnesota in one jump of 241 miles 
and then moving almost straight 
north into the rich wheat lands of 
Western Canada. From this "^o-i- 
tiOH it TTii; t* niceh' placed to start 
the coast territory from Vancouver. 

from showing just outside the city^' 
limits of Fort Scott by the injunc- ' 
tlon process flashed over the state 
and was played up heavily by the 
Kansas papers, especially In a num- 
ber ot towns where the authorities 
were contemplating closing their 
towns to this class of amusement. 

It was also discovered cities of 
the first class in Kansas had a right 
under a state law to enjoin, within 
three miles of the city limits, "any 
nuisance that exists, or is about to 
be created." This measure gives the 
city offlclals of such cities a wide 
latitude and can be made to cowr 
about anything desired. 

I As an illustration of the feeling 
In the Sunflower state regarding 
the carnival, the Panama Exposi- 
tion Shows came near losing its 
date at Ottawa, Ka.n»{f on the 
Fourth. The show had been bookeu 
as part of the American Legion's 
celebration, yhen Mayor Walter 
Pleasant adrlsed the local commit- 
tee and the show's advance repre- . 
sentative that "No carnival will be 
permitted in Ottawa." The agent 
claimed his show was not a carni- 
val and the Legionnaires asked for 
an official ruling before the show 
arrived. The Mayor and commis- 
sioners held a special meeting at .' 
which It was made clear that there 
was a decided sentiment in Ottawa 
against carnivals. Upon the under<i^ 
standing that the show was to be 
but for one day and with the posi- 
tive orders no objectionable i«f«i.- 
tures should open, they were al- 
lowed to come In. 

The Loo shows after being pro- 
hibited from opeiWng at Fort Scott 
went to Pittsburgh, and although 
warned not to open, set up on the 
Fair grounds and opened cold. Re- 
ports from that city say "After the 
first night of operation county au- 
thorities, who were determined to 
keep the outfit from showing, were 
pacified by the utter lack of wheels 
of fortune, games of chance, or im« 
moral ^shows. Local officers state 
that the show Is no worse, If not 
really better, than other such shows 
that have been permitted to show 
here." In justice to the Loos man* 
agement. Deputy Sheriff Lyngar, 
who investigated the show, declared 

that while all carnivals are undesir- 
able, in his opinion, the Loos show 
is less so than many others. 


"Dare^Devii Slim" Spain Jumped at 
2,000 Feet 

Kansas City, Mo., July 12. 
The remains of J. W. ('Dare- 
Devil Slim") Spain, the Tulsa stunt 
flyer, who was killed at Seneca. Mo., 
the Fourth, were buried at Seneca. 
The city ollkials furnished a lot in 
the main part of the cemetery. 


Edward Arlington, well known biff 
top executive, is now an extensive 
hotel owner In New York. His most 
rfecent acquisitions are the old Cad- 
illac hotel at 33d stVeet and Broad- 
way and the Yates, which adjoins on 
43d street, east of Broadway. The 
latter was formerly the Metropolc. 
It passed following the Rosenthal 
murder. For the past two years the 
Cadillac has been part of the Clar- 
Idge, which Is passing as a hoteL 
Prior to Its joining with the Clar- 
Idge it was called Wallick's, but the 
old Cadillac n^me will be restored 
under Arlington.' Also under his 
control are the Harding, the Flan- 
ders, the American and a hotel on 
Long Island. Arlington conducted 
the Maryland up to two years ago. 
Upon disposing of It he took over 
the Albemarle, changing its name to 
the Harding, thereafter Stcurlr-B ine 
CiHif-iftyffityiries. " 


Paris. July 5. 

A motor-cyclist, giving an act 
billed as "Flirting with Death ' in a 
circus installed in a local 'fair, 
scared a couple of lions badly last 

The audience is kept In breath- 
less awe as the motorist turns on a 
small platform over a cage of vora- 
cious animals waiting to receive 
him should be slip. Such a slip oc- 
curred and the young man fell with^ 
his machine into the cage. The 
lions merely stared while attend- 

The flyer was killed when his 
parachute failed to open after he I ants went to tho cyclist's assistance 
had jumped from a plane 2,000 feet I and carried him to the hospital witb 
in the air. J a broken leg. 


Friday. July 14. !•» 




George Dobyn's Carnival Engaged for Syracuse — Must Have Amusement That 
Must Be Clean — General Opinion of All Large Fair Directors — Circula- 
tion Sedsing Periodicals Lack Good Faith Punch in ''Carnival Campaign'* 


Syracuse, N. Y., July 12. 
The New York Sta<e Fair, to be 
held here 6n its^own ground* In 
September. ha« booked the George 
Dobyn carnival as the main enter- 
tainment feature. There will be free 
attractions and Conway's band will 

play daily. 

A carnival attraction of last year's 
annual fair left plenty of room for 
criticism. This will be overcome. It 
la thought, by the Dob>ii cn{;age- 
mept. It is a carnival bearing a 
clean name in all operation. This 
will be the first time the Dobyn 
show.s will have played Syracuse. 

1. Dan Ackerman, secretary of the 
New York State Fair commission. 
commenting upon the onRagement 
of the carnival in the face of the 
agitation over this branch of amuse- 
in«»ts. said: -While the Slate Fair 
commission is in favor of the clean- 
up movement for carnivnls, the first 
objects of the fair are to educate 
and Instruct, but at the same time 
the fair must offer entertainment. 
Wc- insist, however, on clean enter- 
tainment. There must be no ques- 
tiortable shows, no fortune telling 
tents, and no so-called games that 
'are really gambling schemes. 

"Our concessions will be as clean 
as the midway. The Immoral ahow 
or degrading exhibition has forever 
pa,8?ed for our fair. No more '49 
C4mp,* 'Underground China/ nor the 
cootch dance nor the shimmy. We 
betieve a clean midway free open 
air attractions, good music, .j^and 
circuit racing and other legitimate 
amusements will meet every enter- 
tainment demand." . 

raw stuff." could not keep itself 
clean for weeks in succession. 

Some towns barred out all carni- 
vals, bunching the bad and good, 
thereby iNreventing the population, 
including children, who enjoy car- 
nivals the most, from that kind of 
amusement. Other municipalities 
thought they had located the solu- 
tion by placing a high license fee. 
keeping out the small and good 
carnivals but holding the town ripe 
f©r the first big bad carnival coming 
along willing to take a chance and 
pay the fee. The local authorities 
invariably have made the error of 
believing all bad carnivals are small 

Variety's carnival campaign, com- 
menced to oblige the bad carnivals 
to either clean up or retire, has had 
a greater effect than the s?nspless 
articles in magazines merely writ 

police in the United States and 
CanMa about any carnival. This 
offer was made through a confiden- 
tial circular sent to every town and 
city on the western continent above 
the Mexican border. It has done 
more to educate local authorities 
how to guard against the bad car- 
nivals than all the experience of 
years with those self-same bad 
carnivals had taught the country 

Any number of towns, disregard- 
ing the confidence requested in the 
circular, gave the contents to a 
local paper and published a story 
that any society in the community 
wishing to play a carnival under 
au.spices cuuld secure infoiinaliun 
without charge about.the attraction 
through Variety, a theatrical paper. 
Variety established its standing as a 
theatrical paper in the circular 

Do not recognize anyone as represent it^g Variety unless Indis- 
putable credeulials are exhibited. 

Varh^ty liaA no representative who will approach a show or show- 
man without being able to properly identify himself. 

Variety haa no traveling representative authorized to Interview 
or inspect any outdoor attraction. Representatives so authorized 
are on Variety's staff only. 

When In doubt, wire Variety, New York, for information. 

Anyone making any statements or promises on behalf of Variety 
Is an importer and should be so treated. 


A troupe of 28 midget actors wirl 
be brought here by Ike Rose, sched- 
uled to sail from Hamburg aboard 
the America Wednesday. Rose's act 
Is made up of what were originally 
two midget acrobatic turns and one 
specializing in musical comedy. 
The combined act will carry minia- 
ture coaches and animals, being de- 
signed somewhat along the lines of 
the Singer's Midget act. Ro8t>a 
novelty will be booked in the ro- 
sorts and probably placed in a show 
in the fall. 

Clarence A. Wortham, the carni- 
val nrian, is said to have first call 
on their services. They will appear 
with the Wortham Shows for 'the 
first time over here, when Worthaia 
plays the Toronto P^xposition. 


Circus and Carnival Supply 
Dealers at Odds with Mid- 

ten for sensationalism and as cir- through referring the local official 

The common sense expression of 
the New York State Fair's secre- 
tary, Mr. Ackerman, coincides with 
the large majority of the medium 
and big fairs of the country, not- 
withstanding sensational articles in 
periodicals that were published as 
•'circulation makers" only and 
scarce clung strictly to the fact. 

"The Country Gentleman" led 
the carnival attack after Variety 
had opened its campaign against 
bad carnivals, but "The Country 
Gentleman" did not confine •Itself to 
bad carnivals; It Included all and 
advocated the abolition of any 
amu.sement at state or country fairs. 
Fords "Dearborn Independent" 
thought it saw an opportunity to 
pick up another sensational sub- 
ject and recently carried a sickly 
•tory about "The Carnival Menace," 
aping all of the others that had 
preceded It. 

When these stoftes mentioned a 
carnival concessionaire had used 
1^ ink to color lemonade, the car- 
nival people stopped thinking about 
It. No one ever connected with an 
outdoor exhibition, from fair sec- 
retaries to the lowest grafter, could 
give countenance to that wild state- 

The campaign to segregate the 
bad carnivals in a division by them- 
selves, allowing the clean carnivals 
to operate, has borne result, with- 
out aid from the nationally circu- 
lated mediums that rushed Into 
their stories without appreciating 
there is a demand not alone from 
•tate and county fairs for amuse- 
ment, but from the medium and 
■mall towns. That demand will be 
met by only one means or another. 
The way to meet it properly, as the 
better outdoor showmen concede, is 
through supplying the very type of 

entertainment required and asked 

Fairs, cities and towns in the 
past were lax in investigating the 
■landing of carnivals. They ac- 
cepted "letters of recommendation" 
carriod by hundreds In every car- 
nival which mean nothing. The 
Carnival's precious record or how it 
operated in other stands pre- 
ceding Were given no attention. 
When the bad carnival .secured a 
aate and operated to bring about 
the diaguat of the community, the 
Kood carnival following accordingly 
suffered. Investigation would have 
«^Pt out the bad carnival, for a bad 
carnival. thouRh cleaning up In this 
or that town not standing for "the 

culation pfiaUers. Variety's campaign 
has not been waged in the interest 
of the public so much as for the 
decent show business, in and out of 
dooi's. The decent showman does 
not want to be classed with the 
purifier of "The Sewer of the Show 

There are carnivals in this coun- 
try travelling with an investment of 
$500,000. They believe to protect 
their Investment their business must 
be clean. The gyp carnival can 


hurt their reputation, as all are 'condition for them. 

called "carnivals." One carnival 
now travelling carries more railroad 
cars than the largest circus. 

All carnival men at one time 
thought Variety's campaign was in- 
spired by indoor showmen (thea- 
tre?), but changed their opinion 
when Variety lined up its "White," 
"Blue" and "Black" list of carnivals, 
offering gratis Information to any 

to any theatre manager in his town. 
The periodicals advocating the en- 
tire elimination of carnivals or 
amusement at fairs unthinkin(;ly 
aimed to open up a field for every 
crook in the country, toinvade fairs 
where there was no amusement, to 
take advantage of the country folks 
as their . wits decided, while the 
absence of clean amusement would 
have left an open field for any de- 
graded class of people that might 
want to walk into a ready-made 

Fairs maintaining the attitude of 
the New York State Fair and others 
in demanding the class of conces- 
sions and shows it will only permit 
will KO a long way toward cleaning 
up the carnival situation, for they 
leave open an avenue only for the 
outdoor allruction.s willing to play 
on the terms of the other fellow, 
with cleanliness necessarily follow- 

Chamber of Commerce or chief of ing. 


The Con T. Kennedy Shows will 
open their' fair tseaoOn at the Wis- 
consin State Fair at Milwaukee, 
after which they will play the State 
Fair 6f Kansas at Uttiehlnson; 
North Missouri at Bethany, 
Mo.: Missouri State Fair at Se- 
dalia, Mo.; Free Slate Fair at To- 
peka, Kas.: Oklahoma State Fair at 
Oklahom.* City; Cotton I*.i<ace at 
Waco: and several other big fairs 
in the southwest. 

All of these are considered as big 
doings, and the list represents one 
of the best strings the Kennedy 
Shows have played for several years. 


Following the disa^ktrous season, 
including July 4 at Coney Island, the 
concessionaires became desperate. 
With rent due several are reported 
to have Itiade appeals for extensions 
or reducilona, with all reporting in a terrible condition. 

Immediately after the Fourth two 
men committed suicide -it the Isl- 
and. They were said to have been 
interested in local exhibitions. 


Edwin Carewe is to make several 
productions for First National. He 
has signed a contract with that or- 
ganization and his first will be a 
screen version of "Mighty Lak a 
Rose," a seml-cIassical negro lulla- 
by, written some years ago. 

Carewe la to start work on the 
picture within a few weeks, the 
work to be done around the Dela- 
ware Water Gap. Gerald Duffey is 
to adapt the story for the first 
Carewe-First National production. 

Toronto Expo., Aug. 29 -Sept. 9 

Toronto, July 12. 
The Canadian National Exposition 
will be held hero as annually cus- 
tomary, Aug. 29 to Sept 9, In- 





Pittsburgh's Chief l^ubmitted General Carnival 
Barring Resolution — Pittsburgh Cleaning Up 
in Interests of Public Safety 




Pittsburgh, July 12. 

George W. McCandless, the new 
director of public aafett^. will keep 
out of Pittsburgh carnivals of every 
typo if he has his way. So far this 
season only one or two have been 
able to sati.sfy his re^julrcments. 
while all others have either been 
kept away or quickly closed. 

When Police Superintendent "Red" 
Calhoun recently left for San Fran- 
cisco to attend the police conven- 
tion he went under the director's in- 
structions to present a motion before 
the police organization that carni- 
vals be barred everywhere. Superin- 
tendent Calhoun, who rolurned a 
few days ago, stated the motion was 
presented at the convention and, 
while generally indorsed, the organi- 
zation decided the condition was 
more of a local one and for the time 
being at least would have to be 
handled in each locality. 

The local police department Is 
working in co-operation with the] 
public .safety department and there 
is no question as to the f-erious in- 
tent of both not only in wiping out 
the bad carnival. l->ut oth^r kindred 
'nioo<-h'* propo.sitions. - 

Kollowirii; n tr.iK'dy l.i>r wr^k in 
\vhi<^h a young married wcjinun was 
m\ir<bred by h^r hushand, the father 
of the woman tol 1 polic: authorities 
I'itt.^^bursh'H nJKht lifo was tb*> ruin 
of h.-r. and speciJicilly nanvd the 
H()t«'l (;«'ori^''. owned by (Jeorge 
.laffc. Irnm«'(li.'»t«dy nftr-r that hos- 
telry Xvas elosed. and Dirortor Mc- 
Catidles.** .strifes he InteiiiN to kfep 
tho pl;»r«' rloKcd. The hot^l pro- 

prietor Is said to be contemplating 
legal action in an effort to reopen. 
Other questionable places are 
likely to be closed In the near future. 
Lowrie Hall, a popular north side 
dance hall, was ordered to quit op- 
erating last week because of un.<)afe 


Several changes of late In the ex- 
ecutive .staff of the Vea'. Pros. 
Show, since the death of .John 
Veal a few weeks ago. 

Jack K. Lawson, late of the 
Gloth fireater Shows, hn j been ap- 
pointed m.'ir.ager, with T^ave Wise 
as Jack Rainey Is sec- 
r«;tary; Edward Hanover, general 
asent, and 'Ice Water" Wilson, 
b'gal adjuster. 

The owners are Mrs. John Veal, 
Karl Veal and Fred Veal. 

A general movement Is In the 
making for the elimination of the 
middlemen who act as jobbers be- 
tween the circus and carnival men 
and the manufacturing and import- 
ing wholesalers of supplies ' and 
novelties. Both the wholesalers 
and the field men appear to be in 
ac(;4^rd upon the proposition that 
direct dealings would be an Im- 
provement, but the trade is scat- 
tered at this time of the year anti 
the fixed custom of dealing through 
Jobbers has continued more or 
In default of the producing and 
consuming Interests getting to- 

The wholesalers have been sev- 
eral times the victims of sharp 
practice by several jobbers, but 
have stood for being victimized 
rather than move too quickly to 
revolutionize old customs. The 
wholesaler contends that the mid- 
dleman Is doing him small service 
and at the same time Is drawing 
down a flat 20 per cent, proflt on all 
goods handled. In other lines, the 
wholesalers contend, the jobber 
customarily carries tbe credits for 
the retailer, but It Is said this Is not 
true In the outdoor amusement 
supply business. More often than 
not the wholesaler has to carry the 
Jobber. The middleman frequent- 
ly makes requisition on the wholo- 
saU'r for a bill of goods, delivers the 
material to the retailer and th<n 
waits until the retailer has paid 
for them before he pays his bill to 
the wholesaler. 

The thing that is now being t^-n- 
tatively arranged Is a credit sys- 
tem by which the wholesaler can 
cla.ssify the circus and carnival men 
as to dependability. When that 
been classified. It Sfems likely an 
effort will be made to handle the 
business between wholesaler ai d 
carnival or circus man direct In- 
stead of through an intermediary. 

A sample of sharp practice came 
up only a few days ago. One of th« 
leading importers had received a 
big consignment of a novelty— a 
flashy looking universal metal handl<» 
to which seven steel manicure tools 
could be attached by a clutch device. 
The Importer was willing lu sell tho 
goods in quantity for retail around 
12.50 or 13. At this rate the Jobber 
would deliver the article to the con- 
cessionaire at a rate of about 1 12.'); 
the concessionaire making a turn- 
over of about 100 per cent., which 
Is the recognized proflt. 

On this basis 1,000 dozens wero 
contracted for the Toronto exposi- 
tion alone. But no sooner had the 
article been Introduced than an ir- 
renponslble middleman reproduced 
substantially the same novelty 
made out of Inferior materials ;u;d 
undersold the orlginsi importer. 
The first Importer In the Interests 
of getting wide sales for his nov- 
elty specified the retail price should 
be not more than $3. while the Imi- 
tator left It wide open for the cir- 
cus or carnival man to charge any- 
thing he liked. It Is reported that 
some carnival men have disposed of 
the Imitation device for as much as 
$5 each. 


Ringling Bros.-B.B. 
July 11. Klint^fifh.; l.'», Toledo. 
O.; 17-lX. nel]Jr|rr.rand River 
Avenu*' lot); lU.. Laullnt?. 2«>. fJrand 
Hapids; L'l. Hnulh Bend. Ind.f 22-30. 
Chicago (Crarwl Park-L.'ike Front). 

July 14. St. J.jseph. Mo.; If) -10. 
Kansas City; 17. TopcUa, Kan.; IH. 
l']mporia; VJ, Hutvhinson; 20, DocIk*- 
(Jity; 21, I.;* .lu it.i. Col. and 2ii. 


'July 14, Monmouth. Ill; 15, 
Str»'ator; 17. Gary, Ind.; 1 :, IMy- 
moulh; 19,; 20, Ilart- 
for«l City; 21, Connersville, and 22, 

Waltsr L. Main 

July ! 1. Mount Vernon, N. T. 
Fietpoit, r,. I.; 17. Babylon;''h >i:u"; 1^. Sag Harbor; 
.Southhimpton; 21, Hiverhead; iZ,<'n[)ort. 





Friday. July 14. 1991 



Tte following Is a list of songs 
that each puhli.shfr (alphabetically 
arranged) will "plug" this coming 
fall. It will bo observed that of the 
SO odd publishers fully half have 
one or more Dixie sonoS In the 
line-up to "worlt on." Most of %he 
■ongR mentioned ha- e not been re- 
leased yet, probably are first being 
prepared for printing, and only on 
the assurance that every^r 
Will supply his list was this table 
compiled. For obvious reasofis, some 
©f the mu.sic firm executives were 
chary of divulging their song titles, 
but this list, if anything, protects 
them and identifies a title with that 
IMirticular publisher: 


Just Keep On Smiling. 

Youll Be Sorry You Made Me Cry, 

At the Irish Jubilee. 

After Today, 
Forgive Me. 



When Leaves Begin to Fall. 
Sing a Song of Swanee. 
Lullaby -a-Loo. 




Bagdad. « 

Rollin' Horn*. 

Cow Bells. 

My Dixie. 

Who'll Take My Place? 

I Ain't Had Is'obody Crazy Over 

When You're Loneeome, You're 
Lonesome, That's All. 


Listen In. 

My Swanee Home. 

Slim Shoulder.9. 

My Mother's Melodies. 

Mississippi Twilight. 

On Little Side Street 

No Use Crying. 

Bddie Leonard Blues. . • 

•Love's Lament. - . • 

Little Red Schoolhouse. 
Parade of Wooden Soldiers. 
- Jolly Peters. 

Whenever llpu're Lonesome Just 
Telephone Me. 

F. J. A. FOR ST ER (Chicaffo). 

lioon River. 
Carolina Rose. 


Chicago, That Toddling Town. 

I'm a Little Walts. 

My Idaho. 


Bluc-Kycd Blues. 

My Honey's Lovin' Arms. 


I Certainly Must Be in Love. 

At Honky Tonk Steppers' Ball. 

Good Mornin*. 

You Can Have Him, I Don't Want 
Him, Didn't Love Him Anyhow 


Harlem Blues. 
Jealous Blues. 
Hani-Time Blues. 
Draggin' Dragon Blues. 
John Henry Blues. 

HARMS, Inc. 

Love Sends Little Gift of Roses. 

It's Up to You (J'En Ai Marre). 

•Neath Southern Moon ("Follies"). 

Do It Again. 

Yankee Doodle Blues. 

April Showers. 



All I Do Is Sit and Look On. 

High-Brown Blues. 

East Is East, West Is West, But 
Suulh Is Paradise. 

Meet the Wife. 

1 Thank You. 

Behind Clouds There's Always 

Picture Without Frame. 

I Wanna Go Home, 

My Cradle Melody. 
'Way Down South. 
No Wonder I'm Lonesome. 
Some Sunny Day. ^ 

Kicky Koo. 

You've Never Lived Until You've 
Lived In Dixieland. 

Nobody Lied When They Said 
That I Cried Over You. 
Sing Song Man. 


Tell Her at Twilight. 
Sunshine Alley. 
In the Heart of Virginia. 
Three Little Words. 


Tomorrow Morning. 

Let Us Say Good-bye. 

Pharaoh Land. 

Flower of Hawaii. 

Rock Me In My Swanee Cradle. 

I Hate to Love You. 

Sweet Little You. 

(Kansas City) 
LovIn' Mamma Blues. 
Suppose the Rose Were You. 
Dangerous Blues. 

Up and Downtown Every Nlffht. 
Stealing Hearts. 


Why Should I Cry Over You? 

People Like Us. 

Hot Lips, 

Wake Up, Little Girl, You're Just 

Struttin' at Strutters' Ball. 

Three o'clock in the Mornlnir* 


Flapper Walk. 

The 19th Hole. 

If I Cant Have you I Don't Want 


Kentucky Echoes. 
On a Wonderful Night. 
If You Like Me Like I Like You. 
What Does It Matter Who Was 


Broken -Hearted Blues. 
Trail to Long Ago. 
In Old California With You. 
When You Long for a Pal Who 
Would Care.. 

I Was Married Up in the Air. 
When You Gave Your Heart to Me. 
Rainy Days. 


I'm Just Wild About Harry. 

All Over Nothing at All. 

Where the Volga Flows. 

Say It While Dancing. • 

Gypsy Blues. 

Pinkie. ^ 

My Yiddisha Mammy. 

Angel Child. 

I'll Forget You (Black and White 

Sunrise and You (Black and White 

Smilin' Through (Black and White 

New Ernest R. Ball ballad (title 


Old-Fashioned Girl. 
Swanee Blue Bird. 
Forever After. 
All Over You. 



Gee! But I Hate to Go Home 
In Rose .Time Alone. 

(San Francisco). 
The Sneak. 
Another Waltz. 
You Won't. Be Sorry. 
1 Wish I Knew. 

S. C. CAINE, Inc. 

Isle of Zorda. 
Cairo Moon. 


Blue Fox Waltz. 
Oh! Is She Dumb? 
Panorama Bay. 
Don't Feci Sorry for Me. 




Hawaiian Nightingale. 

show was produced In Atlantic City 
last summer, but failed to attract, 
and never reached New York. 

The publhihing house of Francis 
Salabert has almost * monopoly of 
the popular music business in 
France and Belgium, as, in addition 
to controlling the compositions of 
Yvain and Christine and other pop- 
ular French cemposers, it represents 
many American publishers. A very 
important factor in France Is the 
revenue derived from the perform- 
ing fees. It is diflncult for compos- 
ers not domiciled In France to 'be- 
come members of the Societe de 
Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs, 
fees as a rule are only paid on the 
native complsitlons. The attitude of 
the French publishers at present is 
that they now have so much of 
their own that they can afford to do 
without American- or English song 
hits. It is realized, also, that hav- 
ing created a suclcess at home in a 
popular number t^py are in a posi- 
tion to obtain big sums on the sale 
of the foreign rights. The usual 
Influx of visitors during the sum- 
mer may, perhaps, help to plant 
some American hit, but just at 
present there is nothing in sight. 

A peculiar feature^ of the music 
situation in France is the number of 
one-man businesses establi.shed just 
to publish the works of the com- 
poser-proprietor. These are kept 
going by the performing fees re- 
ceived and are usually run by some 
orchestra leader for the benefit of 
his own compositions. He gen- 
erally combines the dual role of a 
publisher In the day time and or- 
chestra leader at night; living in 
the hope some day he will get that 
big natural success that will enable 
him to become a regular publisher, 
or perhaps to retire. The possi- 
bility of getting performing fees is 
also responsible for these little pub- 
lishers. Every leader has the am- 
bition — but not always the talent — 
to become a composer. The diffi- 
culty is that In order to become a 
member of the Societe it is neces- 
sary to have a certain number of 
compositions with systematic reg- 
ularity. Between the performing 
fees and the limited sale of copies, 
augmented by his income as an or- 
chestra leader, he manages to keep 
going, but whilst playing his own 
compositions and getting brother 
leaders to do likewise for him, he is 
not going to give outsiders much of 
a show. 


Brock Pemberton has announced a 
list of American and foreign plays 
for production next season. Those 
by American authors, two comedies, 
are "In Freedom's Name," by Thom- 
as Beer and John Peter Toohey, and 
"Julia Counts Three," by Knowles 
Entrikin, and the following: Lord 
Dunsany's drama "If"; Lulgi Piran- 
dello's "Six Characters in Search of 
an Author": "Quello Che Non T'As- 
petti," by Lulgi Barzini and Arnaldo 
Fraccaroll, and the French play, 
"Pour Avoir Adrienne," by Louis 
Verneull, son-in-law of Sarah Bern- 

Malvlna Reichman, former picture 
actress, pleaded not guilty to an in- 
dictment charging grand larceny in 
the first degree In General tSessIons. 
When the plea was entered her 
counsel asked to inspect the min- 
utes of the grand jury, saying that 
he would later moVe for a dismissal 
of the Indlctnent. Miss Reichman 
was arrested on the charge M Angus 
K. Nicholson, a broker, who charged 
that she held him a prisoner in her 
home on Riverside drive for three 
days and robbed him of |300 and 
jewelry. The decision was reserved 
on the motion to inspect the min- 

will be married in Hollywood, Cal 
on August 1. Miss Miller will leave 
Boston on July 15, the night "Sally** 
closes, coming to New York to select 
her trousseau, and then to Los An. 

At a meeting last week the Fed- 
eration of Theatre and Clnem* 
Unions of France in Paris voted 
unanimously to close all theatres 
In France by Feb. 16, next, unless 
the heavy government tax J9 
lightened before that date. 

Mrs. Esther Moran is suing her 
husband, Lee Moran, picture come* 
dian, for a divorce, charging cruel* 
ty. She claims that he has been 
intoxicated for the last four years. 
She alleges that Moran draws 12,25^ 
a week. 

.Anna Duane, 19, who lived at the 
Longacre Hotel, New York, and took 
bichloride of mercury tablets In the 
Pennsylvania Station last 'week, 
died July 8 In Bellevue Hospital. 
She was in a vaudeville sketch and 
when it closed was left penniless. 
She left a letter addressed to her 
motjjer, Mrs. Anna Duane, of 1608 
Willow street, San Francisco.' Her 
aunt, Mrs. H. Dorsey, of Pittsburgh, 
was with her when she died. 

The paying teller of the Fifth 
avenue branch of the Metropolitan 
bank, who is charged with grand 
larceny for stealing $2,000 on Peggy 
• Joyce's account of $14,000 while she 
was in Europe, pleaded not guilty 
to the charge In General Sessions. 

Marie Tempest will open in a new 
play, "A Serpent's Tooth," produced 
by John Golden. The contract by 
which she came under the Golden 
management was made by cable be- 
tween New YorJ^ and South Africa, 
several months ago. 


Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean. 

Kitten on the Keys. 

Lovesick Blues. 

Everything Will Be All Right. 

Jig Walk. 

Deedle Deedle Dum. 

Queen of Orient. 

When You and I Were Young. 
Maggie. Blues. 

When Those Finale IJoppers Start 
Hopping Around. 


November Rose, Good-bye. • 
In Maytlme I Learned to Love. 
Sing f. Song as You Walk Along. 
Honey, Dear, Come Over Here. 


Down OM Virginia Bay. 
Sweet Indinna Home. 
Tomorrow Will Be Eriglitrr Than 

Dixie Highway. 
Mv B^ddy« , 


Old Kentucky Moonlight. 

CO., Inc. 

Mary Dear. 

Dancing Fool. 

Just Because You Are You. 
' By the Sapphire Sea. 

WILL R0S8ITER (Chicago) 
In Blue Bird Land. 
On the Alamo. 

The popular music business in 
France Is on the same level as It is 
In America and England, and that 
is decidedly flat, with little hope for 
a revival before the fall. Whilst two 
years, or even 12 months, ago most 
of the popular numbers played In 
France were the American successes, 
there seems to have been a decided 
swing in favor or native composi- 
tions. The biggest success over 
there at present Is "J'en al Marre" 
by Maurice Yvain— who was re- 
sponsible for "Mon Homme." Yvain 
is also the composer of the music of 
"Ta Bouche," the "successful musi- 
cal comedy #iow playing at the 
Theatre Daun^on. Another composer 
who has two recent big musical 
sur(e.*:ses to his credit, in "Phi Phi" 
^a 'P,* De," is H., Christine. This 

Although practically every im- 
portant music publisher in the busi- 
ness has appeared before the Dis- 
trict Attorney to answer charges by 
the J. O. McCrory chain store syn- 
dicate, no further action has been 
taken thus far. The McCrory peo- 
ple filed a complaint with the local 
D. A. alleging the pviblishers were 
discriminating againstlhem in their 
sheet music business dealings as a 
result of which every publisher was 
summoned at one time or another to 
answer the charges. 

McCrory'3 grievance Is that they 
are not permitted to sell sheet>nusic 
at 20 cents retail. When they sent 
In orders to the publishers advis- 
ing them that a wholesale price was 
requested to enable them to retail 
at the specified price the publishers 
disregarded the orders. 

The matter Is understood to be m 
the hands of the McCrory attorneys, 
although an executive of the cor- 
poration would divulge nothing else 
beyond that. 

The 'D. A. summons is a legal 
forerunner to federal Investigation 
proceedings on the Sherman anti- 
trust law charges, but the fact that 
the D. A. has not reported anything 
to the federal authorities up to now 
evinces the belief that is the end 
of it. The McCrory people are un- 
derstood to be serious about the 
matter. Although not every one of 
their 40 or so stores carries a sheet 
music counter, the department is an 
important one. Particularly in At- 
lantic City and Philadelphia have 
they been'known to sell consider- 
able music. However, they main- 
tain that the 12^ cents "new issue" 
price and the 15 cents wholesale 
figure does not permit for much 
profit. It was rumored last week 
affidavits were being gathered along 
Broadway's "tin pan alley" in a 
federal investigation proceeding 
about the music publishing business 
but that is unconfirmed. It Is 
wholly a matter of Individual pub- 
lishers. Practically every ojae of 
any importance is concerned. . 

Marilynn Miller is being sued by 
Alex Shehade of New York for $188 
alleged due him as balance on pur- 
chases made from him in May. 
Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., and S. M. Har- 
rison, producer and stage manager 
of "Sally," are named as co- 
defendants as her trustees. Her 
counsel denied the allegations and 
eliminates Ziegfeld and Harrison, 
saying that they had no funds be- 
longing to her when the writ was 

Mrs. Henry B. Harris announced 
that she will resume producing 
next month, when "Lights Out," a 
comedy-melodrama by Paul Dickey 
and Mann Page, opens out of town. 
The show will open at the Vander- 
bllt theatre. New York, on Aug. 14. 
She will start rehearsals on a melo- 
drama, "It Is the Law," by Elmer 
Rice and Hayden Talbot, followmg 
the opening of "Lights Out." 

Maurice Mouvet, better known as 
Maurice, the dancer, and late with 
Leonora Hughes, Is suffering from 
lung trouble in Deauville, France. 
Maurice, while in a casino Sunday 
night, becam^ faint, and asked to 
be excused from the table, and upon 
reaching the lobby he fell uncon- 
scious with a hemorrhage of the 
lung. Since then he has had four 

Professor Joseph All, for 20 years 
the orchestra leader of Hurtig & 
SeamoM's, on West 125th street, left 
an estate of $5,301.48 when he died, 
intestate, August 16, 1919, it Is dis- 
closed In the . Surrogate's Court 
through an order exempting the 
property from Inheritance taxation. 
Because of his failure to leave a 
will, his widow, Mary E. Ali, of 
1790 Broadway, receives $4,410.74, 
and his brother and sister, George 
D. Ali of 26 Broad street, and Irene 
Hatch, the latter of 90 Downing 
street, Brooklyn, each $445.37. The 
decedent's widow Is the administra- 
trix. Professor Ali, who died a vic- 
tim of pneumonia and was laid to 
rest at the Evergreen cemetery, was 
a native of Brooklyn and a member 
of a family long distinguished for 
musical ability. His father. Joseph 
Ali. was a veteran of the Civil war 
and long at the head of a famous 
military band In Brooklyn. As a 
boy, Joseph Ali was widc^ly known 
ns a boy prodigy and his playing of 
the violin was the subject of frt- 
(Continued on page 35) 

George Rlumenthal, former man- 
ager for the late 0.scar Hammer- 
stein, recently returned from Ger- 
many, where he arranged for the 
appearances here of the German 
Grand Opera Company from Berlin, 
presenting a Wagiierlan repertoire. 
The company will tour the United 
States and Canada, starting in Bal- 
timore early in January. 

Sldonia Vicat, the contralto of a 
generation ago, who died in an 
asylum in Central Islip, L. I., June 
11, and who was supposed to be 
penniless, left over $16,000 in money 
and jewelry in a safe deposit box 
at the Corn Exchange Bank. This 
was learned when the safe deposit 
box she owned was opened the 
early part of this week. 

Pauline Lord, named as co- 
respondent In the divorce suit of 
Mrs. Ruth Harris against Mitchell 
Harris, has filed an answer in the 
Supreme Court denying the charges 
made by Mrs. Harris and demanding 
a trial by jury of her actions. Mrs. 
Harris is also suing Miss Lord for 
$50,000, alleging alienation of her 
husband's affection. 

Frances Alda Gatti-Casazza. grand 
opera, is being sued for $377 by 
George Bailey, 289 Eighth avenue, 
New York, for money due for re- 
pairing furniture and two book 
cases which were built for the de- 
fendant. She only paid $4.10 on the 
bill which amounted to $827, and 
Bailey is suing for the balance. 

"Daffy Dill,' Arthur Ilammcr- 
slein's mu.sical production, was put 
into rehearsal Monday at the Sel- 
wyn. Now York, under the direc- 
tion of Julian Mitchell. The Show 
will open in Long Branch Aug. 7, 
roming to« the Apollo, New York. 
Aug. 21. 

Ina Claire is to appear in "Tho 
Awful Truth." l>y Arthur Richman, 
nt the Henry Miller, .New York, Sep- 
teml>er 20, with Bruce McKao oppo- 
site. Gilbert Miller engaged Miss 
Claire. » 

The newspapers r< port 
Marilyn Miller and Jack IMckford 

After 84 consecutive weeks "Sal- 
ly" will close in Boston for the 
summer July 15. The show will re- 
open early in September, It Is said* 
(Continued on page 33) 


Albany, N. Y., July 12. 

Gold-Mak Producing Co., Inctk' 

Manhattan; capital, $10,000. 

Affiliated Jamaica Theatres Corp- 
oration, Manhattan: capital. $10,000: 
attorney, William Klein. 

Pilgrim Pictures, Inc., Manhattan; 
capital. $100,000; attorneys, James 
& Neuburger. 

Qualtoplay Film Corporatioi|| 
Syracuse, N. Y.; capital, $25,000; at- 
torney, H. W. Coley, Oneida, N. Y. 

Nursery Rhymes and Kiddief^ 
Fah-y Taler Film, Inc., Manhattan; 
capital, $250,000; attorney, A. Ka- 

Orlando's Orchestra, Inc., Manhat* 
tan; canltal, $10,000; attorney, E. J. 
Skeily, Brooklyn. 

Wolff, Brown d. Co., Manhattan; 
pictures; capital, $500; attorneys, 
Dawson, Merrill & Dawson. 

Warner Research Laboratoryr 
Manhattan; capital, $500; attorneys* 
Palmer & Series. 

Bronx Capitol Atnusement Cor« 
poration, Bronx; capital. $10,000; at* 
torney, J. I. Wiener. 

Tudor Catering Co., Manhattan;' 
capital, $10,000; attorney, I. JL 

Davidson- Kranz, Inc., Manhattan; 
capital, $50,000; attorneys, Henry 
Frank and Milton Frank. 

Molit^-Schultz Construction Cor* 
poration. Queens; capital, $10,000; 
attorney, Albert Hutton, Brooklyn. 

Motion Picture Advertising C9^ 
New Jersey; attorney, A. Q. Gabriels, 

Paramount- Pep Club, Manhattan, 
members of Famous Phtyers-Lasky 
Corporation home ofllce; attorney, 
EIek John Ludvigh. 

National Auto Racing Association, 
Manhattan; capUal, $500; attorney, 
W. E. Winne. 

O. K. Film Corporation, Manhat- 
tan; capital, $3,600; attorney, Louis 
Solomon, Bronx. 

Blue Point Beach, Inc., Bay Shore; 
capital, $1,000; attorney, William H. 
Bobbins, Bay Shore. 

Riley-Sloan Co., Manhattan; sup* 
plies; capital, $100,000; attorney, H. 
H. Babcock. 

Frontier Exhibition Co., Buftalo, 
N. Y.; pictures; capital, $10,000; at- 
torney, Henry Altman, Buffalo. 

Roman Colony Co., Manhattan; 
realty; capital, $500; attorneys, 
Reyrlolds & Goodwin. 

Patents Manufacturing Corpora- 
tion, Manhattan; capital, $30,000; 
attorney, O. E. Edwards. 

Three-eighty-five Edgecomb Ave- 
nue Corporation, Manhattan; cap- 
ital, $20,000; attorney, E. B. Levy. 

Period Productions, Manhattan, 
theatrical, $200,000; C. J. Harris, J. 
Levering, H. F. Andrews. 

Momus, Manhattan, pictures, $20,- 
000; B. Gushing, H. White, F. Bg- 

Tent, Manhattan, pictures, $5,000; 
J. F. Lenigan, M. M. Hayward, A. 

Qualtoplay Film Corp., Syracuse, 
$25,000; G. Dodds, F. E. Hagasorn, 
E. N.T. Shepard. 

Artistic Film Co., Manhattan, pic- 
tures. $6,000; W. Devcry, C. K. Har- 
ris. O. Steiner. 

W.-B. Film Exchange, Manhattan, 
$100,000; E. B. Bernstein, F. Horo- 
witz. K. Marsch. 

Davidson Kranz, Manhattan, pic- 
tures, $50,000; C. Kranz, H. Frank, 
G. M. Davidson. 

Bronx Capital Amusement Corp.» 
I)iotures. $10,000; K. L. Noah, i" 
Rothschild, M. Epstein. 

A. and P. Amusement Corp^ 
Brooklyn, $15,000; M. C. Byan, *»• 
E.'nianUy, J. M. Treutlin. 

Side Show, Manhattan, theatn- 
cals;, $5,000; J. F. Lenigan. M- *'• 
Hayward, A. Sachs. 


. Friday, July U. 1822 



, Trade Mark Reg!«ter©d 

' PublUhed Weekly bj VABIBTT. Im. 

Slrae Silverman. President 
114 weat 46tb Street New York City 


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Everybody whoever hnd hfa or her name In print scomii to be writing 
a diary about themselvoa. whether the public wants to read It or not. 

Morning: and evening newspapers Inform un of every action, thought 
and love affair that goes on with our better known people. There la no 
law that eaya you have to believe them. 

a Hingia turn. Is reported de.^lroun of learning of hfa whereaboutH. aa 
titorica of tlie affair m tho southern city have M'a<"hod her 

Henry's Barber Shop in the Loew 
Building Annex on 46th street, 
passed, out one (Jay last week. No 
one had advance informaUon about 
the departure of the fixtufea. Nor 
does report say whether it was high 
reJit bad buHlness or competition 
tSkt forced Henry's retirement as 
boss barl)er. Henry was formely 
with Sully, the Barb, who has 
gr'dwn stout shaving the Palace the- 
atre building population. Henry 
rented a double .store in the Loew 
i^h street buiUling before it was 
finished. Ho is the third of the oc- 
cupants of the stores on the 46th 
street side to give up since opening. 
Vhne three of the heavily scaled 
afores on the Broadway front of the 
liew building also have had new 
tenants since the building opened a 
year ago. Interested with Henry in 
the barber shop was Arthur Hor- 
witz, the agent, who is said to have 
inrested $1,000 for a half interest. 
Later Moe Schenck interested Henry 
in a barber shop on one of the upper 
floora of the Loews main building, 
with the room reported to have been 
secured at $50 monthly rent. Henry 
paid about $3,500 a year for the 46th 
street shop. After a few weeks, 
Schenck bought out Henry's share 
In- the upstairs shop, which left 
Henry fighting it out alone in his 
ground floor shop. Sully expressed 
his regrets, but mentioned he is still 
doing business at the old stand. 

Ruth Pettit, Bert Leighton and 
Bkby Josephine (3 -act) have been 
^ligaged tot the Lew Fields, unit. 

Soli, the two Leightons (Frank and 
pri), ^a reported. , 

Take, for example, the dinry of Misa I^otta Fotoa. tho actress— your 
morning meal is not complete unless you read her life'a history, some- 
thing like this: 

Monday— How does It feel to be In love? I ask myself this question 
every second of the time. So far haven't given myself an answer. Four 
telegrams from Hector this morning, one prepaid. He la such a dear, 
sweet boy, I am sure we will be very happy. Had two phone calls from 
my manager. He speaks English quite well now. Two more millionaires 
proposed to me between the acts of my play. One had a small, black 
moustache. The other one didn't look very good either. 

Tuesday — Hector telephoned me this morning from out of town. Don't 
know who owned the phone he used. I'm sure we'll be very happy. 
Hector has done so many great things. He told me he was the fellow 
who won the war. What a lucky girl I am to have such a brave boy. 
Three more millionaires and two wealthy men asked me to marry them 
today. I wouldn't give up my Hector for any of them. I am g'>ing to 
borrow a calendar and pick out our wedding day this week. I won<ler 
what is the best c.ilendar to pick out a wedding day from? Is there any 

Wednesday — Six post cards from Hector this morning in his own 
handwriting. Pretty pictures of statues and flowers in parks My 
manager says he does not like Hector because Hector likes ma Helped 
mother with the housework today. I dusted off two chairs Hector will 
be glad to hear it I am sure we will be very happy Ten millionaires 
proposed to me yesterday. One said he was a "Volstead Gold Miner." 
Could he have meant bootlegging? Hector said he was sorry he didn't 
meet him. 

Or if you don't cire for that diary you can turn over on the next 
page and find out the innermost secrets of ten or twelve thousand other 
people, and still it's all apple sauce. 

Curiously tho Athintic City dailies (th«>re are two) in publishing the 
advance notices of the opening of the 'Ilobe there with Keith vaudeville, 
combined the headliners at Keith's with at the tlirden I'ior, play- 
ing independently booked vaudeville. The pipers' lieadlines T<»»d, 
"Vaudeville Biggest Stars at the Cllobe — Nora Bayes, CJus I'M wards. * 
etc. Miss Bayes was the headliner for the Pier. 

Two boya were enjoying a swim in tho water tanl. itop Loew'a Ave- 
nue B, New York, last week, when the mother of one discovered it. She 
sought out the manager and endeavored to expl.iin to him in Yiddish. 
Unable to understand her, he called his assistant, who .loted as inter- 
preter. The trio made their way to the roof and fished the youngstscrs 
out. The woman took her son's companion In hand and gave him a 
severe thrashing. IFpon its completion she turned to her boy and .said, 
"There, Abie, that is a good lesson for you." 

I. H. Herk Is reported interested In jthree Shubert units In addition 
to the two he will personally operate next season, ".Joys and fllooms" 
and "Stolen Sweets." The other shows Herk la understood to have 
a piece oC are K. Thos. Beatty'a two units (one "Latighs and the 
Ladies" and the other unnamed). The other Is Henry Dixon's "Broad- 
way Celebrities." Max Marcin was to have held half of this unit with 
Dixon, but Marcin wtepped out last week, with Herk reported as financing 
the show far Dixon and becoming a partner In Its operation. 

It has been definitely decided the new building to be erected '»t Broad- 
way, Fifty-seventh-Fifty-eighth .streets, will be an ofllce building only. 
The intention to have a theatre on the site was altered when Dr. iohn 
A. Harriss, its owner, found the theatre would leave little space for 
offices or ground floor stores. 

Nellis Reveli was the subject of 
a, radio talk by Bertha Brainard the 
other evening, from the Westing- 
house broadcasting station at New- 
ark, N. J, Miss Brainard's dellv- 
trj on Miss Reveli covered four 
typewritten sheets, besides poems 
written by Nellie. It made an in- 
teresting portion of the program, as 
It was an Intimate story, through 
Miss Brainard having visitd Miss 
Reveli at St. Vincent's Hospital. 
As Nellie Reveli is now a national 
character (as she was before inter- 
nationally, professionally), through 
the tremendous publicity she tias 
received while at the hospital. Miss 
Brainard did not feel called upon 
to more than outline Miss Revell's 
condition, just telling how Nellie 
keeps cheerful and passes her time 
"While In a plaster cast. 

The old Royai opera house, on 
King street, "Toronto, was burned 
July S. In 1858 its Italian manager, 
Kero, an inveterate poker player 
who always carried considerable 
currency, disappeared overnight and 
was never again heard from. The 
©pera house building had been em- 
ployed for manufacturing purposes 
for some years. 

"Wa" Lytle-Newkirk. who for a 
great many years conducted a 
rooming house for professionals at 
i'S West 46th street, was compelled 
to vacate the building because of Its 
being converged into an ofllce build- 
ing. "Ma" has located at 127 West 
77th street, which she was com- 
pelled to buy to obtain possession. 

The Blanchards (C. M. and Eve- 
lyn), vaudeville authors and pro- 
tlycers. are now known as the 
Blanchards and Feely. through the 
alliance of Matthew Feely, known 
*«» the film and dramatic field. 

Robert Nome left New Ynk this 
Week for a vacation at Tacoma. 
where he will remain until about 
Labor Day. 

The Airdome, York, P.i., under the 
n»anagoment of Harry Miller 
switched Its vaudeville booking.s 
this week from the Sheedy ofllce to 
Jack Llnder. The hnuyo i)Iays four 
*cts each half, giving evening p'»r- 
formances only. The Ferber. Lake- 
WOod. N. .1., pi lying vaiideviil.' two 
.^ays a wecU. hi.«^ ;ilso "open adch-d 
*0 the Linder book.><. 

^^^'•, vaudeville tc un of .\.arie and Irving Kd wards is ,.n- 
nounced a.s .separating at the e.x- 
P*ration of this weeks cngagemem. 

The circus fad seem.s to be tho popular idea of this season's benefits. 
The only winners so far are the people who sell the tentfi. 

The plans for next season are now being announced. A lot of plans 
were announced last sea.son. 

"After all. what are a few plans between press agents? 

Europe will furnish Broadway with many plays next season, 
think what Broadway has furnished Europe with. 



Broadway could .stand a little refurnishing itself. 

Germany is to get a t\yo-year intermission on her war debt. will 
give her plenty of time to get a new act ready. 

Report says jazz bands are on the in France. They are 
playing louder than ever in America, too. 

The motto here seems to be. "What is home without a jazz band?" 
Might add, "What is a jazz band without a homeT* 



A couple of vaudevillians who grew tired of contributing to the 
bookmakers are trying to recover their losses through having taken an 
interest In a book, each going in with a bookmaker. How it may turn 
out has not yet developed. The theory that every bookmaker must 
make money Is regularly disproved around the metropolitan tracks. 
About 50 have been knocked off the line already «hi« .reason. AlthouKh 
the books pay but $6 daily for the privilege, this la the least of the 
daily fixed expense, which varies according to salaries paid the dif- 
ferent attaches of a book, besides that drawn by the bookmaker him- 
self. The books that remain throughout the racing season are the old 
timers, those established. If the new ones can last until Saratoga, that 
usually winds them up, while on the other hand It seems if the older 
books have a bad start in the metropolis before Saratoga, Saratoga 
usually pulls them out. The regular ring bookmakers are a wiso\set. 
They know almost to a dollar the amount of the bankroll a new book 
has to work on, and they often them.selves knock off the new books just 
to get them out of the way. An "angel" for a book may put up $r,,000 
or $10,000 the first time, but generally quits when asked for another 
deposit. A small bankroll at the track has little chance. The man 
handling the book must be a wizard if operating on a small bankroll 
to stand off the others. Even with the books giving the layers ,»11 the 
worst of the percent.iges in odds doesn't help the new booits. Some 
of the percentage layout in odds so far this sea.son have been laid 
.50 the i>ook3 couldn't lose if they tried, while the public keeps on giving 
up to an lmpo.«stble proposition for t4iem. 

A man who w.ints to gamble certainly has «mall change mirgin 
playing Wall street, but he aKso certainly has more of a chance on 
sto<>ks than he has at any race track in Ameri'-a. The metropolitan 
tracks in summer are little b»>Tte- than New Orle.ins or Havana in winter. 
Uunning racc^. formerly called -Th.- Sport of Kings," i.i now m.-n'ly the 
sure-thing run around of the gamblers. 

There is a Broidvvay musical comedy producer who got a lilth* 
bank Kalance ahr-ad md .started to pliy the race.s. lie had a 10 to 1 
winner the first dav. pl-nm-d f.,r $1').000 ind won $100,000. IJ-fore the 
day's racing ended he b.d won $175,000. That was three years ago. 
That .lay's win has cost the producer $700,000 to date in at the 
trick Betting in tho wav it has been conducted und-r i)v- present 
law has made weh-h.-rs of eveiybody almost, it .-ecms. who bet. Irom 
the busuuvss men who have i.ssued phoney cheeks in .sftth-nient to thos- 
who ha.l no right to g;.mble at all through knowing they would have 
to take the fence if they lost 

A mini-d e..u!.l.' who hive app-'-ared fog-thcr in v .udrvilb" ts a 
<|..uble art for fr(.me t me n-.-.-ntly erne to a parting of the ways while 
1. living in I s.»uth.-rn city From gem-ial appearances th^ marriage ties 
xvili he .-".evi-i.d ,.< well .is Ih- .-t.ige partn.r.vhip. The trouble is .-aid to 
1 ivi- ariMMi <A<-r tho fi":>ndiv attitude of th- y-ning woman towaid a 
member of a mab- double api>M,nng on the .v .me bill. The husband, ac- 
roiding t'. r.'P'Mt. n-turn.-d to the hotel early .and unexperled one n.«ht. 
and found his vMfe in the other's comj.any. The busb.nd itnm' di,.tH|y 
p:,rkcd bis < loth..s at the hot-d ar.d i,is trunk it tho th.atre and .eft town 
■without playii.R ..ut tho ongagemtnt. The ^^^U^ has .-ince toturned t<. 
Nev York ind is uporUil as having been .-«•• m/in the company of tho 
number of the male double -,tvfcral l.rr.e3. The l.l'.cr.* wife. v%ho does 

A liquor pinch occurred the other 
evening in a Peftiam section road- 
house. Two revenue men made the 
arrest for having liquor on the per- 
son, since the per.son bringing a 
bottle in the restaurant was served 
with a suminon.s. The charge will 
probably be thrown out of court, as I 
it seemed a rather extreme step j 
for the revenue men to take. They | 
had been in the restaurant for three 
hours, asking everyone for a drink, 
which was refused. One of them 
staked the musicians to $25 during 
their stay, hoping through the tips 
to get in right. The musicians were 
wise, it seemed, and passed up all 

Finally, a party at one of the 
tables started to dance, leaving what i 
looked like a bottle of liquor on the 
top of their table. The waiter for 
the section started to clean up the 
table. As he lifted the bottle of 
liquor to remove the cloth, one of 
the revenue rten walked over, tell- 
ing him he was under arrest. The 
ortlcers then told a captain of wait- 
ers to follow them outside and when 
in the ofllce oTlhe restaurant start- 
ed to serve summonses. One was 
served ui>on the manager, who de- 
manded to know why. The ofllcer 
said for having liquor on the prem- 
i.'-es. The manager told them what 
he thought of them and the revenue 
men replied if the owner of the hot- • 
tie would admit the ownership they 
would transfer the summons from 
the manager to the owner. The per- 
son who brought in the bottle was 
called outside and asked if he had 
owned It. He replied in the aflrtrma- 
tive. Tho summona given the man- 
ager was withdrawn and another 
issued to the bottle owner. 

A couple of New York dailies dur- 
ing the pnst weok or .;o had pretty 
strong editorials upon the methods 
and tactics adopted by federal offi- 
cers to make liquor arrests. If the 
dailies had known one-qu.arter of 
all the insiile stuff there is i.i con- 
nection witii these things, they 
probably would have printed pages 
instead. Nevertheless, the federal 
men. through their manner of work- 
ing (either way), are doing more 
to mako prohibition dotested than 
anyone elso, even the drys, and the 
drys in theli enforcement procedure 
are switching the entire country, 
exooptlng tliKse Who have their own 
h'lrd < Ider 'or applojirk in the cel- 
lar, ovi.'r to tho p.'f.onal liberty hJo.-i. 

through certain sources. An offer 
of the week was a cat.* (12 bottles) 
of mixed cordials tyour selection, 
not over two bottle.s of any brand), 
at $125, extremely reasonable. Lit- 
tle demand. Beer holds at $35 a 
barrel, domestic, fair quality, with 
Imported beer reported scarce. Ale 
of a good kind, $45. 

A dealer holding a warehouse re- 
ceipt for 50 barrels of rye in bond 
and with a permit to remove it 
(pre-prohibition) says he wouldn't 
bother through feeling certain that 
the barrels now contain water if 
they contain anything. 

In New York and Chicago of late 
some Scotch, especially, has been 
offered at such low prices it has 
been rejected for that reason. Quo- 
tations with standard brands men- 
tioned have been as low as $70. in- 
cluding delivery. In Chicago, where 
a chance was taken, the Scotch was 
found to be excellent, with the be- 
lief following it had been stoien.^ 
The preventative or guard is to test, 
not bottle submitted, but all bottles 
before settling. A purchase of a 
case made last week from a sample 
that was o. k. developed into badlly 
cut Scotch In all of the other 

Forged labels of every kind of 
liquor wore discovered in a raid in 
New York last week on a printing 

Liquor prices show little charisJ 
;n Now Yorit and elsovvhere. Scol<h 
• linKM iroiind $f>.'; with $105 as often 
aski'd, whilo the lowest quotation 
(to l",i!ers in 25-caso lots) has beon 
I SO One Broadway producer paid 
$17:'! a case for two caso.s of Scotch 
the othor day and was satislle<l bo- 
oause he know it was on the level. 
The Scotch whiskoy made abroad 
ff>r American con.sumption continues 
to increase. At the present ratio of 
itnpr»rtations of this quality of 
whiskey t'here will be no pure 
Soot'h obi.ainibh sluutly. CJood 
ry^ holds around $100 with "good 
rye" a rarity. The othor kind 
brings $H5-$I)0 a rase. (Jin at over 
$13 I case is ati ovorchargo^ but the 
..skiiiK price for .i c ise often goes 
to $G.'i. Dr. tiers t-ty iImmp is no 
^'■nuine i^m to be had on this side 
but thiit the Kin available is as 
«ood for cocktail |>urpos^s. Lit lie 
doihngM in ch.impugne with $]0r>- 
J 1 20 quoted. Cordials, thought to 
be extinct (t^enuine), may be had 

Bootlegging in Chicago and serv- 
ing drinks in local cabarets have 
beon kept very much under cover. 
For a long time some under-current 
Influence guided the destinies of 
those cabarets able to get away 
with serving In the open. It was 
proving a prosperous business. 
Then a raid was made on the Moulin 
Rouge, with arrests. The front 
pages of the dailies took thi.s up 
for a couple of days. This was a 
while back. Since then the inside 
has it that many of those cabarets 
presumably immune have been f.aced 
with warrants. The Friars' Inn 
and Mldnite Frolic were recently 
visited by prohibition agents. The 
government .-ient a new Ntaff of 
booze smelUrs to oasis Chicago. 
They have been succeeding to a 
degree, but Inside politics interfere. 
"Diamond Joe" Esposito, nporating 
Belle Napoll. a local Italian ro»- 
taurant. Is an illustration.- The 
pl.ict^ was clear of lirjuor and him- 
s(df when the inspocfors arrived. 
Bort Kolb-y's U«'d [..antorri hiH 
steppod out to get an injinirtion 
against raiders. Mure than 25 
recent raids are detailed in his 
Iietition. Kelley bases his injuno- 
ticjn petition <>n discoura<?ing un- 
escorted women f; m visiting his 
place, and tliaf ho does not allow 
immoral dancing or entertainment. 
He rates his incorno it $:',00() [»or 

Vice-CHancellor Robert H. IngOr- 
! sol! July a refused an ai>pli(Mtton 
I for an injunction to restrain the jar.z 
mu.sic in tlie Musi(* Box Cafe, At- 
lantic City, on the Kroond the 
right of injunction .Htand.<« or falls 
on the fjuo.stion whether or not the 
ca'fo rnusii" wa.^ :\ nuisance. Ho 
held that the aflhi.ivits of llalph 
Woloff and David Abtims in cjppo- 
sition f(» Nathan CJoIdenbiirg's i>''ti- 
tion were suflleiontly .strong to cre- 
ate a doubt in bis mind is tu the 
exi.vtence of x nuisance. He further 
held that the cou.t had no power to 

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friday, July 14, 1923 



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Skows Now Set to Open Season at Chicago and Bos- 
ton May Be Switclie<L— Applying 8 Week*' Role 
— Erlanger-Shubert Combine Partly the Cause 

Broadway booking^fi for the new 
fl»^9oii are largely tentative, with 
only a fairly accurate line on about 
half the iMt. Road bookings are 

y even further behind, both in the ma- 
jor city stands and the week etands. 
Ao a rule, bookings are penciled tn 

- and contracts for the road rarely 

given before July 15. To date no 

contracts are known to have been 


The explanation of delayed rout- 

: ing i« reported ' to be the Ironing 

': out of the combined booking plan 

, between Erlanger and the Shuberts. 
"Where there are two theatres to be 
used in a week stand, one is to be 
given dramatic shows only and the 

' other is to get musical attractions. 
•When there is no musical piece 
available both houses will play dra- 
matic offerings. The designated 
dramatic house will not be called 

J on to have an orchestra for the 
coming season. Thfre is some diffi- 
culty in the plan, according to pres- 
ent indications. Managements of 
the houses assigned to receive mu- 
sical attractions are figuring them- 

; selves at a disadvantage over the 
dramatfc houses, as when a big mu- 
sical show comes along, terms as 
high as 70 per cent, are given, and 
the house must stand its share of 
the extra stage hands. The sharing 

percentag:^ IftF.® non-musical 

show is 60, and there is rarely the 
extra stage hands item. Differenc-e 
in admission scales counts where 
house capacity makes exceptional 

.takings possible. 

Bookings for Chicago, Boston and 
Philadelphia are being made w^lth 
particular care. There are at least 
four big musical shows aimed for 
Chicago, and the problem is to keep' 
down opposed bookings as muqh as 
possible, particularly since the Shu- 
bert and Erlanger houses are jagaln 
to pool there. The way (hat is cal- 
culated to be worked out is by 
limiting bookings to a maximum of 
: eight weeks for any stand outside 
of Ji,ew York. That takes in 'Sally," 
-Music Box Revue," "Good Morn- 
ing Dearie" and "Bombo" (Jolson). 
It would include the "Follies," which 
may or may not go on tour next 
season. That attraction has always 
limited Its out-of-town runs with 
the idea of getting all the biiRiness 
quickly, and it Is said the other big 
shows will be patternetl after the 
"Follies" in road bookings. 

"The Music Box Revue" is listed 
for the Colonial, Chicago, in Octo- 
ber, and only eight weeks is wanted 
by Sum H. Harris. The original 
plans for "Sally" called for its trying 
for a year's stay there, and the Co- 
lonial is PuppoHcd to get the at- 
traction. From the present outlook, 
however, "Sally" will not arrive in 
tli€> w<stern metropolis until the 
holiilayp. The Ziep:feld show closes 
in Boston Saturday, but is an- 
nounced to reopen at the Colonial 
thc.e I^bor Day. It Is possible the 
show will catch the eight-weeks' 
rule in Ciucago, with a posMiblt- 
change api)lying before it reaches 
that stand. 

Jolson is fixed to open at the 
Apollo, Chicago. "Dearie" is not 
listed for that city until the hol- 
idays or later, since it is supposed 
to succeed "Sally" in Boston In Oc- 
^ tobcr or November. 

One of the first musical attrac- 
tions for Chicago is "The Perfect 
Fool," due at the Illinois Aug. 28. 
Two of the four houses not in the 
pool are assigned attractions. The 
new Sam Harris will get "Six Cylin- 
der Love," and the new Selwyn will 
open with "The Circle." Cohan's 
Grand has not been given an- attrac- 
tion as yet, nor has the Slndobaker, 
which will be independent after Oc- 
tober 1. 

Little appears decided In regard 
to Philadelphia, but Boston is sched- 
uled to get started earlier, and In 
addition to "Sally," the Tremont 
will open at the end of the month 
with "Little Nellie Kelly." "Shuf- 
fle Along'' will start the Selwyn's 
season, and "Love and Kisses" will 
get the Wilbur. "Make It Slippy ' 
may get the Shubert. but it is stated 
the bookings are not actually set 
for that city, and that is true else- 

Tho>--^>ooking combrn.';tion plan 
wlll'apply to Brooklyn as in an out- 
of-town city. The Majestic will 



Manager Gaites Places Mat- 
ter Before Equity — Differ- 
ences with Other Players 

Further Hearing on Marion 

Davies' Charges Against 

DaiHes Set for July 24 


Rehearsals of Crane Wilbur's 

flrama, "The Monster." which Jo- 
oeph Gaites is producing, were in- 
terrupted last Friday when Arnold 
Daly, who headed the cast, walked 
out. The "temperament" came as 
a clinuix to Daly's differences with 
Lawrence Marsden, the director, 
and one of the supporting players. 
Frank McCormack, whom "Wilbur 
picked for the part. Daly insisted 
he should be dismissed. The pro- 
ducer upon investigating the matter 
refused to accede to Daly's demand. 

When asked about it Gaites stated 
he wanted to be fair to the players 
in the show, that Daly's demand 
was not fair and that he stood' on 
the ground that a manager shobld 
have the right to conduct his busi- 
ness without interference. 

The matter was placed before 
Ekiuity and it is understood the 
ofReials did not blame the manager. 

W^ith a new lead, "The Monster" 
will open at Stamford, Conn., July 
26, for two days, playing Atlantic 
City the week of July 31 and coming 
to Broadway August 7. It had been 
announced, with Daly,, for Chicago. 

It all happened over a change in 
a bit of business which Marsden 
ordered to facilitate the entrances 
and exits. Daly and McCormack 
had words, with the result of Daly's 
demand. Daly was to have featured, 
and in addition to salary was to 
receive a percentage. His contrtict 
SpeciAed that in the ^event of any 
differences the managej^ was to have 
the right to decide. 

Gaites advanced Daly $500. After 
he walked out of rehearsals the 
manager placed the matter before 
Equity and asked he be protected 
against losing the money advanced. 
Gaites expended $18,000 in the pro- 
duction, and in applying to Equity 
desired to know what protection a 
manager had in such a case. Gaites 
is a member of the Producing Man- 
agers' Association. The case may 
come before the managerial body. 
The cast was all-Eijuity. 

Early this week, Mr. Daly pre- 
pared to return to vaudeville in a 
sketch, with four peoj)le, using the 
last incident in "The Affairs of 
Anatol. ' 


Greenwich Village and" Vaudeville 
Don't Mix — Herndon Out 

"Pin Wheel," Raymond Hitch- 
cock's revue which ciuHt-u at the 
Carroll last Saturday after sticking 
four weeks, is to be made over into 
two separate attractions. Richard 
Herndon, who sponsored the show, 
is convinced Greenwich Village and 
vaudeville will not mix and has 
withdrawn all interest. 

Michio Itow, whose conception of 
the classical dance formgd the orig- 
inal basis of the show, will offer his 
numbers unadulterated. The I*uneh 
and Judy is mentioned to get the at- 

The sunrunonses issued by Mag- 
istrate Simpson in the West 64th 
street court against the editors of 
three New York dailies on a charge 
V criminal Nbel by Marion Davies 
were returnable last Saturday. At- 
torneys for the defendants were ni 
court, as were the Misses Marion 
and Reine Davies, thefr brother-in- 
law, George B. Van Cleve, who pre- 
ferred the complaint on behalf of 
Miss Davies, and Mrs. Van Cleve, 
besides Mrs. B. J. Douras, the 
mother of the Davies girls. 

Mr. Van Cleve and Reine Davies 
had testified, when a i^equest for an 
adjournment by the defendants un- 
til July 24 was granted. Counsel 
for the newspapers reserved their 
right to cross-examine. Mr. Van 
Cleve stated he had been at the 
lawn party given by Reine Davies 
at her home in Freeport, L. I., and 
that Marion Davies had not at- 
tended that affair; that she had re- 
mained at home with her mother. 
It was not a "wild party," as re- 
ported by the dailies, but a family 
affair, stated Van Cleve. Askeil 
by his attorney if Marion Davies 
was engaged by Cosmopolitan to 
appear in Its pictures on a salary 
or percentage, Mr. Van Cleve an- 
swered she received a percentage. 
Reine Davies corroborated Mr. Van 
Cleve as to her sister's absence from 
the party. 

A motion to remove the hearings 
to another court and before another 
magistrate through counsel stating 
• all three papers ("The News," 
"Evening Telegram" and New "yoif: 
"Herald") were published down- 
town was denied by Magistrate 
Simpson, who stated he would pre- 
side at all of the hearings. 

Previous to the hearing Van Cleve 
had issued a lengthy statement con- 
cerning the lawn party, mentioning 
the Hirshcs had not been invited to 
it, and the names of most of the 
guests who were present wore 
given. Earlier in the week a state- 
ment had been given out by the 
attorney for the Hirshes, after Mrs. 
Hazel Hirsh Ivad pleaded not guilty 
to the indictment found against her 
by the Grand Jury of Nassau coun- 
ty for assault in the first and sec- 
ond degree against her husband. 
Oscar A. Hirsh, whom she is 
charged with having shot upon the 
lawn of the Davies home some ini.e 
after the party had ended. Mrs. 
Hirsh was held under her plea in 
a reduced bail of $10,000. The 
Hirshes'. statement mentioned Mrs. 
Hirsh could not possibly have in- 
tentionally shot her husband, she 
loved him so. The Van Cleve state- 
ment said it an act of charity 
to have removed Hirsh, after he was 
shot, inte the Davies home. It also 
related that an attempt to have the 
newspapers charged with criminal 
libel print the truth of tl e shooting 
affair, following their misleading 
articles, had failed, with recourse 
to legal proceedings to have the 
matter set right before the public Davies' only alternative. 

Ixepresentiitives of the dailies con- 
tinued to interview guests of Mis.s 
Davies at the lawn party during 
last week In an endeavor to bring 
out some evidence they could pro- 
duce at the hearing which would 
uphnld some portions of the stories 
they had published. 

<Coiitinued from page 1) 
way prior to the recognised 
Day barrier. 

Managers are watching Broad- 
way's present pace and the first ar- 
rivals will be scanned even more 
cloeely for the reason that if tney 
are able to stand up, the premiere 
schedule will be advanced. More 
theatres ha^e been able to keep 
lighted than weve expected: It was 
figured the bad season Just ended 
would surely flow into a worse sum- 
mer than that proven to date. 

After the middle of July (this 
week) Broadway always looks for 
an upward box office trend. It is 
the season for the arrival of mer- 
chandise buyers and that group of 


Actresses Taken Off Boat at 

Baltimore — Give Concert in 

Hotel — One to Marry 

Baltimore, July 12. 

Last week two Russian actresses, 
Anna Vivdenko and Eugenia Georga 
Bonar, were landed in lialtimore as 
stowaways from the "Manitowoc," 
Captain Valdemar Knudsen, com- 

Since that time they have been 
the subject of much newspaper 
commment, have given a concert In 
the Hotel Emer.«!on here to prove 
their ability, have received several 
offers of marriage, the State De- 
partment at Washington has de- 
cided they can remain in this coun- 
try, and finally. Miss Vivdenko is 
to marry tho mate of the ship on 
which she concealed herself. 

After landing in Baltimore, they 
said their ambition is to continue on 
the American stage. They put in 
on the "Manotowoc" while the boat 
was loading grain in Russia. Dis- 
covered four days out at sea. Mate 
Brakkc looked after them. They 
were given quarters and treated 
with utmost respect by the crew. 
The captain's wife took them both 
under her wing when they landed 
here and later, with permission from 
the Department of State, took them 
to Tarrytown, N. Y., with her a few 
days ago. 

Many Baltimoreans have enlisted 
thenaselves in the girls' cause and 
their fight against deportaUpn has 
been aided by United States Senator 
Joseph Irwin France. 

The young actresses will now stay 
In this country and will add to their 
accomplishments by taking dancing 
lessons. They formerly played in 
the Municipal theatre, Mcscow. 


Rene Riano returned to 'The 
Music Box Revue" Monday, after 
having been out of the show for a 
week due to injuries to her eyes 
sustained when an automobile tire 
exploded. Miss Riano was t«>m- 
porarily blind, but recovered late 
last week. The tire had been vul- 
canized and, under too heavy air 
pressure, blew up, throwing stones 
into tho dancer's face and causing 
paralysis of fh€^ eye-lids. 

handle all m iical sho'.vs and the 
Montauk will get dramas. Shubert's 
Teller will play mixed attractions, 
and that goes for the Majestic, 
whero> musical shows arc not on 


''Rings of Smoke" to Tour at $130 

"Rings of Smoke," the present 
vaudeville production headrd by 
Pat Rooney and Marion Bent, will 
be converted Into a full evening's 
musical comedy revue before the 
summer has ended. It will then 
start on a tour of legitimate road 
booking, to play at $1.50, with 
Rooney and Bent starred. 

Rooney and Bent appeared In 
"The Love Bird" as their last pro- 
duction, going on the road after a 
considerable run on Broadway. 

P. M. A.'S HEAD 

Augustus Thomas Probable Choice 
— Meeting Thursday 

A meeting of the I^roducing Man- 
agers*' Association was scheduled 
for Tliursilay (yesstrrday), espe- 
cfally called to consider candidates 
for the lu w exetutive post created 
by the managers. Augustus 
Thomas is the outstanding candi- 
date, and since his name w sug- 
gested, no other po.ssibility has been 
brought lorth. 

It is understood Mr. Thomas has 
indicated his williiignet^s to accept 
the post as the head of the pro- 
ducing managers. The title of the 
office is chairman of the board of 
directors. That body is comprised 
of 12 managers, the regular board 
to have eight members and the 
four oftlcers also counting as di- 


James Montgomery for the Van- 
derbilt Producing Co. is writing a 
new nrmsical play, due at the Van- 
derbilt in the fi^l). The story is 
described as a "country Magdalene" 
and concerns an Italian mill girl 
whose dreams come true. 

The score will be composed by 
Maurice De Paicke, who is credited 
with the orchestrations of "Going 
Up" and "Irene/' 


"Spice of 1922," at the Winter 
Garden, broke the house records for 
any four r>crformances with its 
opening, from Thursday to Satur- 
day. The first show played to 
$6,880 at $5 top, and the four shows 
totaled 117.000. 

The current week opened strong 
with around $1,000 in Monday and 
$6,000 on the day Tuesday. The 
hotel rail is strong. 


After threatening for eight years 
to take a vacation, Martin Herman 
started one last Saturday. He is on- 
a hoax that runs from New York to 
Quebec via the Gulf and River St. 
Lawrence. The trip is about 10 days 
on the water with a stop-over at 
'Quebec, living on board. ' 

vialton Is already reaching the me* 
tropolis. The period for the buyer^^ 
Influx extends for six weeks, w u« 
to Labor Day. 

In a legit booking office it was 
said shows on the road In Septem- 
ber will equal last season's crop a| 
that period. 

The fiscal low tide was reached 
last week <the Fourth), but a 
weather break on the holiday again 
was In favor of the box offices. 
Musical shows like "Good Morning 
Dearie" and the "Music Box Revue**, 
drew around $20,000 on the week; 
excellent business for this period, 
though the grosses were the lowest 
since those attractions opened. T|js 
"Follies" was in no way aflfectsd^ 
again getting $37,300. and that at- 
traction Wednesday afternoon ot 
this week, when the heat again <ie« 
scendcd, went to over capacity. 

Gest's imported "Chauve-Sourli^ 
at the Century Roof is making show 
history. Nof only is It continuing 
to pull practically capacity business, 
but has maintained its $5 top scale 
for a longer period than any at- 
traction on record. The Music Box 
played to $5 top for 18 weeks, there- 
afte»r reverting to $4, its present top. 
Last Slimmer the "Follies" (then at 
the Globe) h^ld to the same scale 
for 15 weeks and went on tour at 
$3.50 top. The only other recent $5 
show was "Clair de Lune," which 
had a limited run of eight weeks at 
the Empire last spring. 

There are two non -musical at- 
tractions which bettered $14,000 for 
tho "worst week," "Kiki" at the 
Bclasco (on a seven -performance 
basis), and "Partners Again" at the 

Broadway still offers a total of 31 
attractions. One leaves Saturdayj 
when "Lawful Larceny" closes at 
tho Republic. That house passes 
to Oliver D. Bailey next week when 
"Abie's Irish Rose" will move thers 
from the Fulton. The attraction 
total will remain at 21 for at least 
another week however, the S8th 
Street relighting Monday with the 
"Plantation Revue," a colored show. 

The newest big money show Is 
"Spice of 1922," which opened at 
the WInt«^r Garden Thursday of last 
week. Tho Jack Lait revue drew 
one of the biggest openings on rec- 
ord at the Garden, the first nighC 
being close to $6,800 at $5 top. The 
regular night scale is $3. For the 
first four performances the revxie 
grossed $16,600. including a capacity 
mid-summer Saturday night, and 
that gait is said to be a new Garden 
record at the scale. The show did 
$29,000 on its first six days of nine 
perfprmanccs. With the buyers ar- 
riving the "Spke' offering looks 
like a cinch for the summer, and 
it is actually running second to the 
"Follies." The Shuberts are cast- 
ing a new "Passing Show." due late 
in August or early in September, 
and it may . succeed "Si)iee," but 
there is a possibility of placing it 
at Jolson's. 

"Sue, Deap,** a musical play 
opened at the Times Sijuaio Mon- 
day, drawing fair notices. Its Tues- 
day night bu.siness was strong, aided 
by cut-rating. ♦ 

Buys and Cuts St tionary 
The nimiber of attra<tions with 
tho i»ri'k< rs as "buy.**" and the num- 
ber on sale in the cut rates re- 
mained .»-tationary this week, even 
with a new attraction making its 
advent and the closing of another. 
There are eight buys with the ad- 
vance agencies, namely KIkl," Be- 
lasco; "kempy," Belmont; "Cap- 
tain Applejack," Cort; "Good Morn- 
ing. Dearie," Globe, "Mufiic Box 
Revue," Music Box; "Ziegfeld Fol- 
lies," Amsterdam; "Partners Again," 
Selwyn; and "Spice of 1922," Win- 
ter Ga-den. 

The surprise to the agency men 
is that the legitimate attractions 
of a non-musicial nature which were 
in the buy list during the regular 
season and have remained into the 
summer have held the pace that they 
have in demand. "Kiki" and "Capt. 
Applejack" are two of those par- 

In the cut rates there were eleven 
show« listed on Wedn«sd;iy, with 
the demand for seats thir«» prac- 
tically at a standstill in advance, 
tho only business bei'ig >*one in 
the last few hours before curtain 
timo. The attraetions offered at 
bargaiji prices were "The CttUlfish," 
Astor; "Th ; Dover Road.' Bel- 
mont; "Strut Miss Li'/.7.; ' Car- 
roll; "From Morn to Mi<li'ip;ht," 
Frazte; "Abie'« Irish Kosr, " Kulton; 
"He Who (Jets Slapped." (Jarrlck; 
"Six Cylinder Love," H.irri' ; "The 
Rat,' Morcsco; "I^iwfiil Larceny.' 
Republic; "Shuffle Along." •** 
Street, and "Sue Dear." Timef M- 

Friday. July U, 1«» 






No Change in Wages and Conditions for New York 
Stage Unions Next Season — ^Time for Notifica- 
tion Passes, with Present Scales Standing 

Administrator's Accounting 

Shows Unpaid Claims 

of $35,558 

There will be n© change i the 
wage scales of musicians or «taee 
hands in New York for the coming 
jieaaon. The present scales, which 
were signed late last summer fol- 
lowing the first convention of the 
International Theatrical Associa- 
tion as were most of the local scales 
throughout the country, and the 
contracts are dated "from Labor 
Pay to La'>or Day." running for 
one year. The agreements provide 
that either party must serve notice 
not later than June 30 if a change 
in conditions or scales is sought 




''Abie'^ Irish Rose" Moves 
from Fulton to \X — ^Two- 
Year Lease 

By arrangement with A. H. 
Woods the Uepublic will pass Mon- 
day to Oliver D. Bailoy, who has 

Neither the managers, musiciann h,oen negotiating for the 42d street 
nor stage hands served fluch notice, [j^^^^^ ^^^^ several months. It was 
and the agreements will 

automatically for another year. . 

The 60-day clause in the agre<*- 
tnents was intended to lupply suf- 
ficient time to make new agree- 
ments between the old and new 
seasons. The convention dates 
were similarly ftet ahead to the 
third Monday of June, that all labor 
conditions could be adjudicated 
prior to Labor Day. The present 
•cales were signed by Local No. 1 
of the L A. T. S. R. and Local 802 
of the American Federation of Mu- 
sicians. Although the stage hands 
received an increase in Now York 
last fall there was some agitation 
in the local field because of higher 
scales being paid in other citiea. 
The musicians were also given in- 
creases, except in vaudeville, a 
ptrike occurring and not being set- 
tled until late in the fall. 
, At the managei convention 
there was no discussion of labor 
• les. offlcials stating wage agree- 
ments were local matters except for 
stage hands and musicians going on 
tour. The I. T. A. during the past 
season aided in adjusting local wage 
disputes, and in a number of cases 
there waus a downward revision. 

Conditions and scales for the road 
are now under discusaion, and the 
I. T. A. labor committee consisting 
of Alfred E. Aarons, Ralph Long 
and Abe Levy Have held several 
conferences. To date no meetings 
have been requested with the I. A. 
T. S. E., nor has the latter asked 
for a conference. 

A meeting in the ofllcea of the 
I. T. A. was held Tuesday between 
the association's labor board and a 
committee representing the musi- 
cians. A change in working condi- 
tions was considered, that applyini? 
only to road men, however. It is 
understood the managers requested 
two weeks' notice of dismissal or 
replacement be nocaasary on tui.r 
in place of the present rulo calling 
for four weeks' notice. In the mat- 
ter of a musician resigning on the 
road, it was asked that he pay the 
fare of his successor to the point , 
of withdrawal. Though tuch a rule 
applies to stage hands, it has never 
been in the musical tinion regula- 
tions. Where a musician is eu- 
gagod for an attraction already on 
tour, he is supposed to pay his own 
faro acp.ording to present rules 

A final answer to the propo.sed 
changes is scheduled for Friday 
(today). No reduction in scales 
was reported sought. 

first intended Bailey take the Re- 
public under a long-term lease, but 
instead he secured a * two-year 
rental, the unexpired term the 
Woods's lease has to run. 

Bailey's agreement to handle 

Gustav Amberg, who built and for 
many years managed the Amberg 
theatre, now called the Irving Place 
theatre, Now York, and who for the 
last IS years of his life had been 
associated with the Shuberts, for 
whom he studied the European mar- 
ket and procured plays he thought 
suitable for American audiences, 
was heavily in debt when he died. 
May 22, 1921. it was disclosed in the 
Surrogate's Court through the filing 
of a temporary administrator's ac- 
courvting of his estate. 

Although survived by three daugh- 
ters. Bertha Carolina Julie Dan, 
KIsa Christine Amberg and Elione 
Striciter. residing in Germany, Mr. 
Amberg by his will, executed June 
12. 1919, left his entire property to 
his friend, Julius Keasler of the 
Hotel Ambassador, New York, and 
without bonds named him also as 
the executor. 

Because, under the law. Mr. Am- 
berg's three children had either to 
sign waivers consenting that the 
document be admitted to probate, or 
in default, be officially cited by the 
court to attend the probate pro- 

'Tlantation Revue"" at 48th St, at $2 Top— Formerlj, 
Restaurant Attraction vritfa $2 Cover Charger- 
Played in Harlem at 25-50 



Next Week's Meeting Will De- 
cide — Resisting Proposed 
Cut in Salaries 

Theatre Guild productions similarly ^^^j j^^ ^^^^^^^^ ^„ j^„^ i, 

^.:'^.^7."_^;^^." *?J'';n".fJ?/r!Ml9^ had himself appointed tern- 

porary administrator of the estate 

with the Guild for 10 years is ac- 
complished, a fong-term lease will 
be sought from Arthur Hammer- 
stein, who owns the Republic, it 
having been deeded to him by the 
late Oscar Hammerstein in lieu of 
10 per cent, supposed to have been 
paid the son for handling the op- 
eratic contract whereby the elder 
Hammerstein was given $2,225,000 
by the Metropolitan to remain out 
of grand opera for 10 years. 

Bailey has had the Pulton under 
lease for the past four years, paying 
$40,000 per annum plus the taxes, 
amounting to about $12,000 more. 
The rental for the Republic is $50.- 
000 per year plus taxes, or about 
$62,000 yearly. Woods had the house 
under lease at $30,000 yearly, plus 
25 per cent of the profits. It Is un- 
derstood A. L. Erlanger and others 
were interested along with Woods. 
Under the Woods's contract with 
the Shuberts, he is supposed to have 
first call On Broadway theatres for 
his productions, raid the need for 
holding the Republic was obviated. 
Erlanger purchased the Gaiety 
and Fulton theatres last year. The 
Fulton has been leased to a corpora- 
lion in which C. B. Dillingham. Ed- 
ward Royce and Erlanger are in- 
tei-ested. Royce will establish the 
house for musical comedy starting 
in the fail, if pending court proceed- 
ings are decided afeainst Bailey. The 
new rental price is said to be $70,000 

"Abie's Irish Rose." which has 
been playing the Fulton, will move 
to the Republic Monday, this being 
the final week for Woods's "Lawful 
Larceny.' The "Rose" show has 
been grossing between $6,500 and 


Florence Hart Harlan was award- 
ed $150 temi)uruiy alimony and $1.- 
000 counsel fees in her divorce suit 
against Kenneth Harlan (pictures). 
Tlia motion was undefended and 
went by default. Miss Hart named 
an unknown w6man. Thoy wore 
married in li)19. 

Last fall she began 5;ult foe Hopa- 
ralion apalnst HarlMn. the pioturo 
actor counter - suIpt similarly 
IhrouRh Nelson lluttenber« of J. 
Uoberl Rubin's ofllce. The divorce 
^uit is a separate and distinct action 
l^egun .-;ome weeks aafo. 


It is said the Shuberts have 
started to plan the next "Pa.ising 
Show" to follow "Spice" into the 
Winter Garden or open at the Jol- 
son. It will not start rehearsals 
befoie Augu»>l. 

The Howard Brothers, according 
to the report, will not be in the new 
production, but will resume touring 
in the fall in "The Pa-salng Show" 
they closed last sen .son within the 
coast region. 


"A Cloan Town" is the title of the 
latest comedy compU'tcd by Jomi 
C. Nugent and his .son. Elliott, who 
wrote the lut at the riclmont. 

The N'lgenis (Includiiis' <l;iUKhtor 
Iltjth) will remain with 'Kcnipy" 
Nugent, .senior, has not as yet dc- 
liihil wilh .\'hom ho will i)la<e A 
Clean Town" for pro..lHv.tioa. 

pending the probate of the will. 

As Mr. Amberg's children were 
cited by the court to attend the 
probate proceedings and failed to 
rali^e any opposition, the will was 
admitted to probate April 25 last 
and Mr. Kessler qualified as the 

In his accounting, as administra- 
tor, Mr. Kessler charged himself 
with $4,9X6.67. Against this he 
credited himself with for adminis- 
tration expensed, $416.15; paid to 
creditors, $2,163.53, and held the 
balance, $2,356.99, for further dis- 
tribution, subject, however, first to 
the deductions of hia commissions. 
Mr. Kessler mentioned there are six 
unpaid claims — aggregating at least 
$35,558.15 — against the estate, as fol- 

Sam S. and Lee Shubert, Inc., 
money advanced to and for account 
of the decedent, $12,909.03; Emily 
Dingel Nehrlxis, money loaned, $11,- 
000; Julius Kessler, money loaned, 
$11,205; M. Witmark & Sons, money 
loaned. $384.12; Paul Tausig & Sons, 
for steamship tickets. $60, and Ilona 
von Mq.ntaKh. under theatrical con- 
tract, the value of the claim being 
unknown at present. 

In signing the decree. Surrogate 
Cohalan directed the administrator 
take for his comifiissions, $144.66, 
and tran.sfer the balance, $2,812.13. 
to himself as the executor. With 
thnt done he could consider him- 
self freed from all liabilities as such 
administrator, but not as the ex- 

The $4,936.67 with which Mr. K^n- 
Hler charged himselt were as fol- 

Proml.sHory note, made by S. Gra- 
ham. $1,250; letter of credit l«Hued 
by S. IJlelchroeder, Rerlln. 100,000 
marks, having the value here of 
about $1,207.50; 162.510 Gorman 
marks, valued here at about $H77.55: 
cash, on deposit, with the Mutual 
Bank of New York, $I.43:).12; omco 
furniture and equipment, stored 
with the Chel.sea Storage * Ware- 
house Co.. $100, and with Wechsel 
Stube Leopold Lnn^er. Woln. Aus- 
tria, 126,700 kronen, valued here at 
about $12.50. 

Mr. Kessler also charRod hlm«oIf 
with 200 Bharea of Ohio CopT)er Co. 
of Utah and two German wnr hord^. 
I issued In 1914 for 5.000 marks each, 
and coupons, but thesf, he sal<l, 
were of no value. 

Mr. Amberg. who died of heart 
(li.Hcase. lived at the Hotel St. i:*'Kis. 
Ho WAH born at Pra4?iie, in 1X14, of 
well-to-do pnn-nlft. who Raj:ohim a 
musical edocatlon. He cros.sed the 
ocean at t\v»*nty, and before he was 

A general walkout of Hebrew 
actors in all the metropolitan the- 
atres is threatened as a result of 
the managers' demand for a 10 to 
25 per cent, salary reduction. No 
agreement was reached Tuesday at 
a conference between the Hebrew 
Actors' Union and the managers. 
A further attempt will be made 
next week to reach some sort of 
understanding. Should this effort 
fall, a strike is regarded as a cer- 

Rubin Guskin. an executive of the 
Hebrew Actors* Union, made a 
statement following the Tuesday 
conference to the effect the man- 
agers, in addition to the salary cut, 
refuse to issue contracts for over 
34 weeks. Heretofore It was 86. 
He continued that through the 
actors' walkout all organixationa In 
the theatrical industry will be af- 

The closed shop existing In the 
Yiddish theatre la regarded very 
strong. 'It haa been stated their 
power to a certain extent Induced 
the Equity strike in 1919. 

A basic rule of the Four A. 'a. 
the parent body of the Hebrew Ac- 
tors' Union, Actors' Equity, etc.. 
forbids any member of a union that 
is part of the Four A.'s taking the 
place of a member of any other 
constituent union that may be on 

Broadway will have three colored 
revuea offered next week« the first 
time the main stem haa gone into 
tan entertainment in that quantity. 
Th« newest entrant will be the 
"Plantation Revve." which open* 
the 48th Street. It l<.the houae 
which will pass to Equity's co-op* 
erative play project in the fall. 

The colored ahowa are "Strut Miss 
LixEie" at the Carroll (two blocka 
from the 48th Street), and "Shufrie 
Along," the oolored show which is 
ending ita 61 -week run at the 63d 

Street next week. 

The "Plantation" ah6w la said to 
be aponsored by the Shuberts. It 
la the same revue offered at the 
Plantation, & cabaret which his 
clOHcd for the aummer. The show 
itaelf moved up to the Lafayette. :i 
houae in the black belt of Harlem, 
two weeks ago. The name meant 
nothing there, however, and another 
title waa uaed and the show 

The line-up for the 48th Street 
ahowinff alao calla for adding to 
the revue. The acale will be $2 top, 
the aame aa the covert charge when 
the revue played the Plantation 
cafe. Uptown the ahow was re- 
ported charging 25 and 50 cenlj 


Chicago Managera' Aaaociat'on 9nu/ 
Havs Naw Praaidant 



Lydig Hoyt Joina 
Stock Company 


Indianapolis. July 12. 

Mrs. Julia Lydlg Hoyt, New York 
society woman, who played in the 
revival of "Tho Squaw Man" last 
season, makes her debut with the 
Stuart Walker company thia week. 
Her presence here was kept quiet 
until late last week, when she 
playe^l an exhibition tennia match 
at the Woodstock country club 
during the national clay courts 

Mrs. Hoyt .laid she came here to 
work and .stmly undnr Stuart 
Walker to advance in the profea- 

Chicago, July \:e. 
When the fall meeting of the Chi- 
cago Theatrical Managers takes 
place, John J. Qartity may be of- 
fered the office of prealdent, now 
held h|r Harry J. Ridings. Of lata 
there haa been an extremely amic- 
able co-operative atmosphere ex- 
isting between Garrity's office ut.A 
the interests of the syndicate house* 
controlled by Harry J. Powers, with 
U. J. Hermann, of the Cort. ho'dlns 
sway with his unequalled inde- 
pendent power. 

No manager In Chicago ludda 
gre.iter affiliations with City H ni 
authorities than Oarrity. and the 
Managers' association is manetivc.-- 
Ing to honor Oarrity wUh the tine 

At present there Is considcrabf«< 
unrc-^t in the pollti«al activities of 
the house managers ber-miHe of « 
wide breach In tho long-time friend- 
ship of two veteran manap^or.i, dtio 
to one of the managftr.s being in- 
volved In domestic troubles. Tho 
story la known to those on the In- 
sldo, and time is being counted 
when It may creep Into the local 
newspapers. / 


Mldgio Miller strained a ligament 

In her foot while dancing at the 

opening performance of "Spice" at 
tho Winter fJaiden. While otJt her 
variouK rulen are divided amongst 

Tho .Mtenographer part played by 
MIh.<4 Miller In "Help" was taken 
by Yvelto Dobors, a chorus girl, 
after liftc I minutes' study for the dialog nhe has ever been given. 


Afin Pennington will not be in the 

e;iHt of CJeorge White's new ".Scan- 

J.aIk," which b«'giriH rehearsalM next . 
week. Instead "Penny" Is to feature 


Leonard iJerRman in .s.iilinK lor 
l^'-ngland Saturday, but will lojnain 
oaly one day ovivsenrt. Initnedintely 
returning on a limited pansengcr 
^oat. Ho expects to make the rouiul 
Irlp in about 17 days. 

His brother. Jerome HerKnian, a 
'Buffalo hurdwaro man, his hectfi 
viMltlng iiim and now "Lenny" 
lunks he needs a rest. 

Rchoarsina "Sally, Irent and Mary' 
RehearHcl .Htaite<l Monday, hy Hie 
;-ihul)ertM of e ejilirKed edMlon of 
(h I'Mdie Djwlirii? lornier vHiide- 
villc act, "Sally, Irene and" Mary," 
whi'jh vill rctani the same title as 
prodtK'tjon with fowling, also its 
,'u :hor. starred Tin- pi'"e may 
open tho sctt.son at the A.slor, or 
uiothei ShiilKM-t.s' liroiidway house. 
In tliii n\usic:il edition aa princi- 
pals will be Dan Sullivan. U<d>ccea 
Ryofjrd. PAfii<:i,t Oilearn and Mrf< 
Wallois, Willi 16 ciiorus girla. 


p»o«!ur«». according to present plans. 
"Scandals" is donlgned to hold an 
ofiLirt4y fresh lint of prlnoli»al.s ex- 
c«f>t White and probably Lester 
All* n 

23 had <h;itu.' <»f two Ciman tlua- j her own show, which White 
trcs, in nelroi^ and' Cincinnati. 
Soon uflcrN\.trd he came to New 
York and su<^cc.sMivrly managed the 
(lermafiia and Thalia thealr^H. bo- 
fore 111 1*<*<^ he erected hi..s own 

In lJ)Of» he i»ave up all hi.M in'livid- 
iial theatrical intercsta and devotc'd 
himself to his work for the Shuberts. 
with lh<* exception of a production 
of "The Dancing Girl" In German 
III the Irvinnr Place thealro 4n the 
spring of 1018. He married M.irjc 
lOngle, at ont» timf^ a member of the 


.Sin l«'i aM« isco, July 12. 
The T. Daniel |<'rawley company 
will open in Honolulu S«'4)t. 1 with 
Ail"ie P.Iood as leading woman. 
l''rawley plans a cxlenMive tour o.' 
the Orient and Imlia. hut will not 

Metropolitan Opera company. Th<y|vlsit» during tho prcfient 
were divorced a few years ago. tour. ^ 


•'! fader Your Hut," a three- jet 
fiirco by Patil Porter, wa . pre.scnt^d 
aa a dres.; rehearaal before an li.vl* 
tatlon audience Thursday evcp.ii.g, 
lant week, at the Longaeie. L. 
Lawrence Weber Is reported havinK 
an Interest In the play, which will 
be regularly produeod In association, 
with P. Dodd Ackerman and tho 

The showing was made expressly 
to teat out tho pos.MibllitloB of the 
farce, tho plan being to mak«' ex- 
pected changes and try it out of 
town late in tho suminer. A cast 
of nine appeared in tho special per- 
formance," no salaries jiayahle. In 
the show were Jane WcHt, M.'iri.t 
Namaan. Minor We.ston. H'-a Martin, 
Arthur Aylsworth-. Francis X Con- 
Ion. Milton C, Herman. Stanley 
Itignold and J. S. Murray 



A. H. Woods will 01. en his Kltinge 
thgatro for the season with bin new- 
eHt farce (foreign). "Whoa Who," 
lately tried out on the Jersey eo,iKt, 

1'h'». piec»j will have some if-viMlon 
in tho writing, and will bo partiHil/ 
n-cast during the «umnier. 


CHiicago. July 12. 
Mm. Floreneo Coutlauui, hond of 
lh»' r'ouilioiil Ticket Agency, la on 
her way to New York to make up 
her deals for tho coming He.asuo 
witlj various theatrical managers. 




Friday, July 14, 1022 

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One Brondwny house manager h.a« put an end to petty thievery In 
dreHSing rooinn. The doors have been refitted with loeky, there being 
but two KiaHter keys, one in the poesession of the scrubwoman and the 
other In charge of the stage door keeper, who Is required to see that 
All keys are returned after each performance by the players. Com- 
plaints of loss of make-up and small articles are the rule in attractions 
having choruses. The choresters usually use one large room and there 
it Is a east of each girl for herself. 

A St. IxAiie candy manufacturing firm is Investigating its rights in 
the use of Billic Burkes name, by which it markets chocolates. Some 
years ago the firm secured an assignment of the rights from Miss 
Burke's manager and has been selling its goods through the middle 
west. Recently a large drug store chain in the east, with candy as a 
prominent side line, started to market Billie Burke chocolates Though 
the western candy men registered the name ae a trade-mark, there is 
a question whether it will hold good exclusively, in New York state 
because the firm never attempted to sell in this territory. 

was the scratch man, at 84. Mr. Shaw won a silver cigar box. Rudolph 
Cameron, second, received a silver cigaret box; B. J. Greenhut, third, 
got a leather cigaret box. The fourth prize, razor set, was won by 
Reginald Mason. Brandon Hurst received the fifth prize, an English 
cigaret holder. Silver flasks were the three remaining prizes, to Otto 
Kruger, Eugene BucJc and Mr. Webb in that order. Sam Blzaa ran up 
a total of 169 and waii given a silver flask for extra labor. 

The Lambs had 70 members present. The hosts provided a private 
car from New York. At Deal they were taken in auto buses to the 
course. Those obliged to return early for performances the same even- 
ing got off first. ^ 

Messrs. Talmadge and Blocfc, who publish an exteneive chain of daily 
papers besides periodicals, are not members of the Lambs. 



Benjamin F. Glazer, the playwright whose adaptation of "Liliom" was 
the outslunding Theatre Guild success la^ft season, will be abroad until 
late fall. With his wife he has taken a house in the suburbs of Berlin 
and has settled down to writing. Among his assignments is an adapta- 
tion of "Peer Gynt," which the Guild will put on next reason with 
Joseph Shildkraut in the lead. The organization announced it would not 
use the Mansfield version of "Gynt." The Glazers visited Vienna and 
Budapest last month and say it is truly a stricken country compared 
to Germany, On arrival in the latter city they drove about in a two- 
horse fiacre for hours seeking accommodations. They finally were di- 
rected to what was supposed to be a sanitarium, some distance out of 
town. It turned out to be a hospital, but they were taken care of 
there. Later they secured a room and bath in a leading hottl, the rates 
being 36 cents per day, American. Similar accommodations in Berlin 
cost $4 per day, American. 

The failure of E. M. Fuller A Co., the Consolidated Exchange house, 
whose operations in Mexican Petroleum are likely to be examined by the 
United States District Attorney, has a theatrical angle. William F. 
McGee, who was Fuller's partner in the firm, married Louiee Groody, 
the musical comedy star, about six months ago. He was formerly one 
of Charles Stoneham's lieutenants. The brokerage venture of Fuller 
and McGee is said to have been financed by Fuller's former wife, who 
was Nelly Henry, wife of Jockey Henry, who for years ran a popular 
American bar in London and died wealthy. 

The present trip abroad of Florenz Zi*^gfeld, Jr., is said to have sig- 
nificance in regard to th future of the titular role in "Sally" for next 
season in the event the Marilyn Miller-Jack Pickford marriage takes 
place Aug. 1 as scheduled at present. In marrying Miss Miller will 
violate her contract, it is said, with the producer, which contains a 
"ncn -marrying clause." In that event it Is believed Dorothy Dickson, 
at present abroad, will be brought back to take over the role originated 
by Miss Miller in the production. It Is planned for Miss Miller to go 
immediately to the coast after the wedding and begin work on a feature 
picture to take advantage or the publicity of her "Sally" engagement 
and the subsequent space which the proposed marriage has had devoted 
to it Sever.ll years ago when Miss Miller first started with the Ziegfeld 
"P'ollies " several tests were made of her to ascertain screen possibilities 
with the result proving unsatisfactory. 

"Wlure is Peggy O'Neil?" friends of the star have been asking for 
several week*?. Among those anxious' is Kea Martin, who received a 
calilegram from Miss O'Neil several^eeks ago she was sailing within a 
few days for tliis country, but as yet Miss O'Neil has not arrived. Cables 
to England to her have brought no reply. 

Hans Bartsch, the play broker 
was denied his motion for summary 
Judgment for $7,772.04 against Sam 
S. & Lee Shubert, Inc., arising from 
the sale of the American rights to 
"The Blue Fox" to the Shubert* 
last year. Bartsch Is entitled to re- 
cover the amount of money th« 
defendant admits Is coming to him 
under the amended answer, Justice 
Marsh In the New York Supreme 
Court ruling that the Issues In th« 
contract disputed by the Shubertf 
are entitled to be tried. 

Despite uncertainty among the theatrical men of Pittsburgh as to 
whether the Nixon in that city will surely play Shubert vaudeville next 
season, the Shubert forces in New York assert It positively will. That 
has been settled, it is stated, between the Shubert and Erlanger offices. 

The unsettled point for Sh bert vaudeville appears to be In Chicago. 
There are three theatres for a choice, with the Colonial (Erlanger) elim- 
inated from consideration. The possible Shubert vaudeville house will 
be either the Garrick, Apollo or Great Northern. The Apollo is looked 
upon as too expensive for Shubert $1 vaudeville, the Garrick as too 
valuable for the road shows, but preferable to the Apollo, while the Great 
Northern it Is thought hae a desirable location for the pop price enter- 
tainment and will come back strong with proper bills. A decision may 
not be 1 cached by the Sbuberts until shortly before the season starts. 

A *ttory in London just now is that at a recent performance over 
there in the nature of a benefit, and which royalty attended, an English 
I'rince of much popularity expressed his displeasure at a rather well 
known London comedian by turning his back to the stage while the 
comedian was on it. This displeasure by the princely one is said to 
date back some time, when the comedian was at the Alhambra, London. 
One evening the popular Prince, in company with a young woman, 
attended the performance without announcement. He wafi supposed to 
be incog. The comedian was on as the Prince seated himself and did 
an ad lib, remarking audibly, "Ah, here again with another one!" 
It is said the other artists at the benefit, understanding the silent 
rebuke to the comedian, when the finale arrived for the ensemble to stand 
up as the national anthem was played, the ensemble enveloped the 
comedian, him from view. The comedian sought the stage 
manager, indulging in angry words, blaming him for the finale bit, 
but the professional opinion of the affair in London seems to side with 
the Prince. 

Emily Kean, for 25 years on the 
American stage, left an estate of 
about $300 In personalty and no 
will when she died on Jan. 3, ac- 
cording to Thomas P. Smith, the 
County Administrator, In his ap^ 
plication for letters of administra- 
tion upon the property. The dece- 
dent, survived, so far as it is at 
present known, by Annie Jarvis, 
an aunt, of Jersey City, N. J., wae 
about 48 years old and lived at 300 
West 48th street. She died a victim 
of asphyxiation, the belief being 
that she had lighted a gas stove 
and then retired, and that the flame 
was extinguished by a guest of 
wind from a partly open window. 
At the time of her death she had 
bten acting as purchasing agent for 
a costuming concern. 

The Shuberts' press sheet saye 
John DcSilva is assistant stage 
manager of "The Gold Fish" at the 
Astor,, New Y'ork. Formerly an of- 
fice boy for the Shuberts, DeSilva 
is now playing his first role in th^ 
piece. I 

If anybody doubts but that the legitimate theatre has reached its 
between seasons ebb, a glance at the vacation schedule of the daily 
newspaper reviewers would be a convincer. Percy Hammond, who came 
•from the Chicago "Tribune" to the New York "Tribune" only a few 
months agO, is away from his desk for a month. Heywood Broun, who 
tells 'em about it for the New York "World," is away for a like period. 
So is Quinn L. Martin, Broun's assistant. George Bye is pinch-hitting 
for Martin. Burns Mantle of the "Mail" will leave the city for a mor^th. 
Ben Holtzman will sit in for him. Eugene Kelcey Allen, reviewer for 
"Women's Wear," and boulevardier in general, is off on a motor trip 
to Quebec. He made cure of being back in time for the early openings 
by taking a guaranteed half of 1 per cent, chauffeur with him. 

Lionel A twill is going to contfnue in vaudeville next season, for a 
while, anyway, in his sketch, "The White Face Fool." The Keith 
oflfice has given the Bela.sco star 32 or 15 consecutive weeks upon the 
opening of next season at $2,000 weekly. Mr. Atwill may even remain 
longer in the varieties, owing to the condition of the Belasco playing 
forces. David Belasco's first intention was to play the Warfield "Mer- 
chant of Venice" engagement at the Belasco, but that will likely be 
shifted to the Lyceum, throujh the anticipated continuous run of "Kiki" 
with Lenore Ulric at the Belasco. It left no theatre of Belasco's own 
available for Atwill at the sea.son's opening. The Charles Frohman 
oflfice is said to have a play and theatre for Atwill, and to which 
Belasco is agreeable, as is the star, but the question is reported to 
have arisen as to who should the authoritative direction cf Atwill 
and the piece— Belasco or Frohman— with the matter unsettled over 
that point, and no probability of its adjustment. Rose & Curtis, the 
vaudeville agents who have handled Mr. Atwill's Keith'q bookings so 
far, are said to have exerted considerable influence with Mr. Atwill to 
remain in vaudeville until his legit plans become nlore tangible. The 
Atwill vaudeville engagement 1 looked upon as one of the best tone 
for better vaudeville, the etar having proved a drawing card and his 
playlet a success. His vaudeville salary, $2,000, is looked upon as a 
reasonable one for the double attraction of the Atwill act. 

Anne Sutherland returned to Kei4^ 
York this week to find herself r^^ 
ported dead when she visited tb4 
dramatic agencies. Over the pbonil 
she naively explained ebe lia4 
merely filled a summer etock eii< 
gagement with Rumsey's Maiiliat« 
tan Players at Rochester. liiMi 
Sutherland said it was possible ih4 
rumor arose following the death of 
Eugenia Blair in Chicago earlier 
in the summer while appearing in 
"Anna Christie." Through a mis- 
understanding Miss Sutherland Wai" 
supposed to have been In that cast 

A lot of people at the Carroll theatre gave credit to "The Pin Wheel" 
for having on its payroll a lot of highly paid specialty people not really 
engaged. "A Quiet Evening at Home," the Hitchcock scene in which 
Hitchcock figures, has been worked up Into an "invitation and volun- 
teer" affair. Hitchy or Frank Fay makes a quiet canvasd of the audience 
during the evening. If they notice a prominent player in the house, he or 
she Is lured to the stage for a specialty during the "At Home" scene 
Where possibje they provide In advance for the preeence of some well 
known professionals in the house as guests, Clarence Nordstrom and 
Edythe Baker were wished in a few evenings ago. It is an original 
idea by Frank Fay and first used by Fay in some of hie revues. 

George Tfillis, the Australian showman who heads the Williamson 
Enterprises and who was recently knighted by King George, arrived in 
London this week from the Antipodes via Suez. He was Joined there 
by George ("Mick") Tallis, his eon, who is now a sophomore at Harvard. 

This summer has brought some record low receipts to Broadway at- 
tractions that dared to brave it. Two of the loweet grosses are reported 
for "The Bronx Express" at the Astor ($86 for a night performance), 
and "The Pinch Hitter" at the Henry Miller ($140 on two Saturday per- 
formances). The matinee on the record Saturday Is said to have held 
an audience of 12 people. Both shows have since closed. "The Bronx 
Express" was accounted a hit comedy had it been properly cast. "The 
Pinch Hitter" opened in the heat, striking Broadway at the wrong time. 

The Gaiety, New York, has been stripped to the concrete floor and is 
being entirely redecorated and partially remodeled. Plans provide for 
the addition of a row of seats on the lower floor which will give the 
house a capacity of close to 900. A new stage, new seats and carpets 
will be installed. The house was opened in December, 1908. This is 
the first time it has bee.i overhauled. It was leased to Klaw & Erlanger 
until a year ago, when the Erlanger interests purchased the house along 
with the Fulton, which adjoins it. 

Some time ago a Chieago manager ln#<tituted divorce proceedings 
against his wife in the Superior Court there on the grounds of deser- 
tion.. After his differences became public the manager for some reason 
started on a drinking rampage. Having been in Chicago for many years, 
his friends tried to make him understand he was not doing the right 
thing, but he turned a deaf ear to their entreaties and became incensed 
i at their "inter^rence." 

Recently It wae learned that besides his own troubles 
he may be involved In another couple's affairs by being named in e 
divorce suit now in ttw^-Chicago courts. 

Doraldina is back in New York iter a, terrifying experience in a 
motor boat off the Cv xst of Florida three weeks ago. She was in 
Miami making a personal picture appea ance. With her husband 
Frank Saunders, and several others she went fisWng in a 30-foot 
power boat, manned by a captain and mate. The party was 20 miles 
off the main light when a sudden squawl arose. A series of gales 
followed and the boat was sw.^pt to the south, finally being thrown 
up on a eand pit around the Florida keys 36 hours later. Government 
boats and airplanes scoured the seas, the latter frequently firing 
signal lights. The Doraldina party was unable to answer, however 
and was given up for lost. Government men were ;.mazed the emali 
boat was able to ride out the etorm. said to be the worst in 35 years. 

In the Javanese scene of "Spice of 1922," four of the girls are hand- 
painted, appearing in the fresh looking coloring with little covering 
Bob Ward of the Robert Law scenic studios is said to be the painteV of 
the young women for each performance. How the paint is removed or 
who removes it remains a secret back stage at the Garden. 

Sam Ilarris and Arch Selwyn are trying to reach a decision for the 
final make.up of the executive staff of the new theatres in Chicago 
Thus far no manager has been chosen for the Harris theatre The 
beiwyns nave their man (Walter Duggan) on the ground caring for 
their interests. ** 

JfV^^^'^r^'''^ ''I ^^l ^^^ ^""'^ ^"*^^ "•'^"^^ ^'^^^" <>"^ manager for 
both theatres, extending th- duties of press work at the Harris to 
Duggan, in addition to his work with the Selwyns. The man the Harris 
office has in mind is Harry Ridings, who is using influences to gain 
the- position of manager for both theatre*. If the Ridines Idef i« 
executed it is said Duggan won't be satisfied inasmuch as it ?s rep'frted 
the press job was accepted by the latter in special consideration for 
managerial favors. The offer of the press wo k for the Hlrri^ i/n t 
thought to have reached Duggan in Chicago yet. %r7ends o" BrTadway 
of the Selwyn man claim there is a possibility of DuKcin strnnin^ ^ 
entirely if another is given the Selwyn manageUipaTe "tie work tha 
has :en done. The Shubert offices have been angling for Dugean for 
a permanent position in Chicago because of his associations w^fh the 
Chicago newspapers. Just what turn the situation will take if R^d 1. is 
appointed m.'tnager of the two theatres final decision by Hams 'd 
Selwyn will determine. ^ "airis and 

Columbia University 'vfill cele- 
brate the 300th anniversary of the 
birth of Molllrre the week of July 
24, and a program Including the 
presentation of one of . Moliere'e 
plays has been arrangied. The piece 
in English form is "Th^ Imaginary 
Invalid," four performances of 
which will be given in the gymna- 
sium, with Mr. and Mrs. Cobum 
heading the cast. The Coburns pre- 
sented the play at special matinees 
during their run of "The Yellow 
Jacket' at the Frazee (then the 
Harris) several seasons ago, and It 
was also later put on by them at 
the Liberty. Most of the original 
cast will support the Coburns In 
the special showing. They will go 
on tour In "The Bronx Express," 
starting Labor Day. 

A musical show is now rehearsing 
in Toronto, to tour Canada. Kitty 
Harvey is among the principals. 

The Winter Garden Company, 
through W. O. Badger. Jr., and Wil- 
liam Klein, has brought suit for 
over $90,000 insurance which it seeks 
to recover from the Globe & Rutgers 
Insurance Company as a result of 
the fire in Montreal several months 
ago which destroyed the "Passing 
Show" properties. The Insurance 
company has balked on paying the 
insurance because of a number, of 

A somewhat belated report of the outing of Lamb's Club members in 

a (;olf tournament ^ the guests of H. S. Talmadge and Paul Block on 

the Hollywood GolP Grounds down the Jersey Coaet, says that Roy 

Webb, following the regular tournament won by Oscar Shaw, repeated 

over the course In 75. It was a better score than made at Hollywood 

ty either Vardon, Roy or Ilagen. 

,^ jyr. Sbaw made a low net of 79 for the 18 holee, tied by Webb, who 

:-..6*'*. • • - ■ ' • ■ '' ' ■ • ' ' ' 

The brisk controversy waging between Flo Ziecf»ld frnm ih^ ^*v. 
side where he is. and Marilyn Miller of the Z egK d show "lallv " is 
not "press stuff." as a few profess to believe. Ziegf.ld ha^ bo^i^e do 

Elsa Ryan will phiy the lead In 
"The Intimate Strangers," to be 
sent on tour by Augustus Pitou In 
the fall. Billie Burke starred In 
the Booth Tarkington comedy last 
reason. It is understood she will 
have a new piece to be put on by 
Flo Ziojrfold. Miss Ryan was sched- 
uled for vaudeville in a new tict. 

Robert Warwick in Harris Pl«y 
Robert Warwick will be cast for 

a j)lay in the Sam H. Harris string 

for the coming season. 

Ziegfeld's remonstrance against the Millcr-Pirkfnr,i »« i 
back to the reports of ^^-^r%nu^,rneni^^^^ 

stordaa^ New York. In those days when the rumors were spreadin 
^ . (Continued on page 15) epreadin 



Mabel Withee will be starred or 
f(atur<>d early in the coming season 
in a musical comedy entitled "Bit- 


Conway Tearle left for Los An- 
geles Tuesday to do two indepen- 
dent films. He will return in Sep- 
tember and go into rt hcar.*^al for 
(Jeorg*? M. Cohan in a spoken pl^y 
sonulhing like "The lU force,' b'* 
fi>( sts^uccc^sful Ulxn. t '• 

Friday. July 14, 192^ 




' When the Mutual Productions, 
which organized and presented the 
stock dompany at the Garrlck, 
Washington, reached the end of its 
financial "rope" the lease was pur- 
chased by Thomas Jefferson Tucker, 
a local man. Tucker, according to 
the reports, paid for the production, 
royalty and other necessaries for 
"The Hottentot." Saturday Tucker 
filed suit against the Sam S. Shu- 
bert amusement enterprises and the 
members of the company individu- 
ally and collectively. Tucker cites 
the defendants (in addition to the 
Shuberts he names Garry McGarry, 
Ada Meade. Dennis King Gerald Ol- 
iver Smith and Dorothy McGrew) as 
being unla\.fully in possession of 
the manuscript and parts of the 
piece, as well as the scenes and 
scenery, and claims damages to the 
extent of $1,102.83. He is also ask- 
ing additional damages of |50(K 

The Belasco. Washington, is run- 
ning away with all sorts of record.s, 
Bays Arti.ur Leslie Jmith- Figures 
given had the week as $6,680, 
second week $5,000 and the third 
and last week $6,970. for "Gertie's 

The house Sumlay night for the 
opening of "Ladie.s" Night" was a 
big one. The cast ihcludes Kay 
Laurel!, playing opposite Earle Fo::e. 
Wanda Lyon, leading woman, feft 
for her home in Salt Lake City Sat- 

credited with having shown the first 
profit for the house since it^ erec- 




Gladys George, leading woman, 
and Florence Printy and Ben Er- 
way are slated to leave the Alcazar, 
San Francisco, July 29. The new 
leading woman to succeed Miss 
George has not been named. Erway 
and Miss Printy will be succeeded 
by Rankin Mansfield and Ida Maye. 

With the closing of the Al Tra- 
heam stock last week the Trahearn 
circuit of six towns on Long Island, 
with headquarters in Sayville, has 
been taken over by John Riley, for- 
merly associated with Trahearn. 
who will conduct the towns as a one 
night stand vaudeville circuit. The 
first bill of five acts was organized 
this week to play one town a night 
for six nights. In addition to the 
acts an orchestra is carried to fur- 
nish dance music after the perform- 
ance. The perforn^nces are given 
in the town halls, which can be 
utilized for public dancing. 


A dispute with the musicians' 
union \*ill close the Proctor Players 
fc,.and Proctors theatre at Troy, N. Y., 
Saturday. The Proctor manage- 
ment refused to accede to the de- 
mand of the union that seven men 
be employed in the house orchesira 
and the musicians thereupon called 
on the stage hands to quit This 
is the third week of an advertised 
all-summer stock run. Monday the 
Troy papers carried large ads of the 
^ rt-octor Players in which the show 
for next week was andej|kned. Troy 

David Herblin joined the Majestic 
Players. I'tica. N. ".. as leading man 
this week, opening in "Dear Me." 
and replacing Leo Kennedy. 

A telegram received in Montrea4 
from Edwin H. Robins says a deal 
had been clo.sed in Toronto by which 
Lawrence Solman. lessee of the 
Royal Alexandra, and Mr. Robins 
had leased for three years the Or- 
pheum. Montreal, which, with the 
Gayety here, is owned by the 
Canadian United Theatres. -Ltd. 

The Orpheum will open August 28 
with the Robins stock now tn 

The dramatic stock at the Vic- 
tory, HolyoKe. Mass., closed July 8, 
after eight weeks. 

papers carried little 
about the elosing. 


'Wild Oak Lane,", ihe initial -Foraudy Group from Paris Opaning 

George Broadhurst production for 
the new season, opens July 17 in 
Atlantic City. It will have an out 
of town break-in for ^two weeks, 
after which it will be* withdrawn 
until fall. 

Whal is said to be a record for 
stock companies in the ea^ti is 
claiitied by Marshall's Players, ap- 
pearing at the Shubert-Belasco, 
Washington. "Getting Gertie's Gar- 
ter" waa presented for three con- 
secutive weeks, ending last Satur- 
day night, the attraction averaging 
$6,000 gross weekly at $1 top. A 
fourth week would have been tried 
but for other engagements of sev- 
ek>al of the 14 actresses in the cast. 
The current attraction is "Ladies' 
Night." The company will try out 
one of the new A. H. Woods plays 
late this month. When it opened, 
the organization was culled the 
Belasco Players, but merely the 
name of the attraction i.s billing, the 
atock label being dropped. 


in Montreal 

The Charle«? K. Ro.skam Chicago 
Stock Company closed Saturday in 
Altoona, Pa. The company will re- 
open the middle of August as a 
traveling stock, playing week ^ands. 

The Al Trahearn stock, playing 
one-nighters on Long Island, closed 
Saturday. Trahearn was linable to 
handle the affairs of the company 
for several weeks, due to illness. 
Ho is confined to the Sayville, L. I., 
hospital In a serious condition.- 

The dramatic stock under' the 
management of B. L. Feinblatt, 
closed July 8 at the Wietlng, Syra- 

The Blanche Plckert stock, play- 
ing a circuit of six t9wns on Long 
Island, is presenting new plays in 
place of the customary stock bills. 
Earlau Wilcox, manager of the com- 
pany. Is preparing to use one of the 
pieces as a starring vehicle for Pickert in the fall. 

Montreal, July 12. 

Mr. Gauvin, who has just returned 
from Paris, gives further details re- 
garding the forthcoming visit to 
Montreal of M. de Feraudy and as- 
sociate members of the Comedie 
Francaise, M. de Feraudy, who is 
recognized in Paris as the legitimate 
successor of M. Coquelin, will have 
with him as his leading lady Mile. 
Ventura, who has created many im- 
portant roles at the Comedie Fran- 
caise during the past few sea- 
sons. There will be in support other 
members of the Comedie Francaise, 
members of the Odeon theatre, Paris 
and a few from the other leading 

The season will open at the St. 
Denis, Montreal, during October, 
and will last two weeks, the third 
will be given to Quebec, and the 
fourth and closing week either to 
New York or Boston. The repertoire 
will be selected in its entirety from 
that of the Comedie Francaise, M. de 
Feraudy will play the roles here 
that have won for him fame in 
Paris. All performances will be su- 
pervised by himself, with M. Charles 
Berteaux, rcgisseur-general, of the 
Comedie Francaise. 

The repertoire Includes "Lcs Af- 
faires son les Affaires," from the 
satirical pen of M. Octav*- Mirbeau. 
now being played with great suc- 
cess by M. de Feraudy and Mile. 
Ventura at the Comedie Francaise; 
"Poliche," by Henri Bataille; cre- 
ated by M. de Feraudy in Paris; "La 
Nouvelle Idole," a masterpiece by 
Francois de Curel, of the French 
Academy; "L* Ami Fritz." by Erck- 
mann-Chatrian; "L* Abbe Con- 
stantin," by Maurice JIalevy; 
"L'Avare,'' and "Le Medicin Malgrae 
Lui," two of Moliere's finest works. 
As it is against tradition to use 
the title of the Comedie Francaise 
outside Paris, the organization 
headed by M. de Feraudy and Mile 
Ventura will be known as the Fe- 
raudy Company. 

Hearings Ended After Five 

Months— Nos. 1 and 2 

Against No. 3 

Before the international body of 
the Four A's last Friday, a decision 
was read in the matter of the com- 
plaint of Hebrew Union Local No. 
S against Hebrew Locals Nos. 1 and 
2, all affiliated with the Four A's. 
The decision said in effect there 
was nothing to decide; that all of 
the parties had violated a section 
of their mutual agreement, which 

left the entire matter about as it 
had been five months before when 
the hearing started. 

The listeners-in received $12 a 
listen. Two or three hearings a 
month were held. The fee was 
fix^d by the unions involved which 
will have to pay the expenses of 
the bearings. The chairman of the 
hearing committee was Harry 
Mountford. Among others on the 
arbitration board were also mem- 
bers of the vaudeville branch. 

No. 3 had complained against Nos. 
1 and 2. alleging a violation of 
agreement which 1^. 3 alleged called 
for Nos. 1 and 2 to draft members 
of No. 3 for legit engagements in 
theatres controlled by the first two 
locals (Yiddish houses) when an en- 
gagement was rejected by a member 
of ^Ither 1 or 2. No. 3 local holds 
mostly Yiddish variety players. 

Nos. 1 and 2 answered they had 
followed the agreement and were 
,not obliged to call upon members 
of No. 3 to replace their members 
until such a time might arise as all 
members of Nos. 1 and 2 were en- 
gaged, when it would 1t>e necessary 
to turn elsewhere to secure the re- 
quired talent. 

The case hung upon clause seven 
of the mutual agreement. It is said 
the wording of the provision clearly 
defines its object. 

There seemed to be some connec- 
tion with the matter and whether 
the vaudeville branch will be able 
to enroll members of Shubert vaude- 
ville a^ vaudeville branch members, 
in order to secure duea. from them, 
and also if the vaudeville branch 
could claim jurisdiction over chorus 
girls engaged for the Shubert vaude- 
ville unit shows. J 


The legal squabble between pliver 

Bailey and A. L. Erlanger orer the 

Fulton, New York, leaae came up in 

^he Appellate Term, which in turn 
referred it to the Appellate Di- 
vision, extending the stay for five 
days. Argument was heard in the 
higher court Wednesday and de- 
cision reserved. : Originally in the 
Third District Municipal Court, a 
jury held for Erlanger. who wants 
Bailey to vacate the theatre. 

Bailey has had the house for four 
years on a sub-lease from Mrs. 
Henry B. Harris. Mrs. Harris' 
original leaee provided for a one 
years' cancellation clause. Bailey, 
however, know nothing of this pro- 
vision and refuses to vacate. 

(Continued from page 14) 
with aome papers printing them, Ziegfeld flooded Mlsa Miller back 
stage with notes and wires, requesting her to squelch the reports. At 
that time it was surmised Ziegfeld was in fear the reports might hurt 
the drawing powers of the show. He grew so intense in hie objections 
bjr telegraph and correspondence that Miss Miller consulted her attor** 
neys. The attorneys are said to have written Ziegfeld a letter threat- 
ening legal proceedings and other recourses if he not not desist from 
aavifiing Miss Miller in her private life. 

Later, it was said, Ziegfeld had felt deeply the sad demise of Miss 
Thomas, who had been with "The Follies" for years as one of its prin- 
cipal girl attractions, and that his attitude was caused mostly by reaaon 
of Miss Thomas' death. 

What effect the undesirable notoriety will have upon the show or 
those involved is problematical. All of it makes unwholesome reading. 

It is understood along Broadway the group of "blue sky" stock sales- 
men formerly headquartered at the Claridge are now around the Astor, 
with the management of that hotel anxious to And out just who they 
are that they may eject them. The men have various ways of working. 
One favorite stunt is to show a "sucker" a fat dividend check. That 
method is counted on to land the prospect for a "chunk" right off, with 
no further come-on noceHsary. Generally the sellers are connected with 
supposetl brokers an'l split 50-50 with them on the sale. According to 
insiders, the same crowd once hung around the Sherman House. Chicago, 
but were finally run out of town. 

There is a dash of sentiment back of the leasing of the Republic by 
Oliver D. Bailey, who is known as hailing from the west, but really 
belongs in the east. About 17 years ago, when he was a rep attor, 
recently married and living in one room, he, like most other profes- 
sionaUs, believed the height of stage ambition would be to secure a 
berth in a BeAsco show. The Ilepublic waa then the Belasco (the 
present theatre bf that name was originally called the Stuyvesant). 
Young Bailey did get a chance when the late Billy Dean, stage director 
for "The Girl of the Golden West," assigned him to a role. As the 
manager tells it now, he entered the stage with all reverence for it 
because it was Belasfo's. Last Monday when the house came under 
his contrel he stood on the same spot and with nearly the same feelings. 

Bailey never did take the job with the Belasco shpw. Finding it was 
impoisiblc to travel with Mrs. Bailey, he handed in his iMU't Dean in 
anger chased him out of the th^tre, the show being due tp leave town 
the next day (it wob the No. 2). Later Dean found Bailey was broke 
and sent him $15. which Bailey repaid several years afterward. The 
experience with "The Girl of the Golden West" rehearsals really led to 
Bailey turning from the back to the front of the house. He took a 
repertory company to Alaska, drifted down the coast and Anally returned 
east. He was told that his best work was in old men roles, but wigs 
were rarely permitted in big shows then and Bailey refused to wait 
until he got old enough to naturally r\ay them. 

Frank iTinney's summer job at Long Beach is captain of the life 
guards, though it was first reported he was chief of police. Tinney livea 
at Baldwin, but gets to tKe beach some time during the day. The life , 
guard assignment appears to be purchasing supplies and auch, but the 
job is reported paying Tinney $400 a^ month. Tinney can swim, but Is 
not noted for his watermanship in the surf. When asked where he got 
off being connected with the life guards, and kidded about his ability to 
save persons, he answered: "Pershing wasn't gassed, waa he?" 

There are double stage crews at the Winter Garden with "Snlce": also 
eight musicians beyond the required number, 16. The matter of the 
musicians* went before the musical union. It is said that 18 muslciana 
were engaged for "Spice" while on the read and g\yen "run of the play" 
contracts. The extraordinary proceeding when reachinir the ears of tha 
show's management was turned over to the Shuberts for adjustment, 
as the Garden has its own orchestra. The union consented to two weeks' 
notice to the surplus of eight, which was given. Since the opening sis 
of the Garden's orchestra has been playing outside the pit enclosure, 
three on either side. 

The double stage crew happened through "Spice" having taken out the 
Casino theatre crew when opening in Atlantic City, under the impression 
it would go in the Casino for its Broadway run. When the Garden wa« 
settled upon the show had to take the Casino crew of seven with it and 
th^y will remain at the Garden uiHIl the Casino opens. 





The Lester Smith dramatic stork 
opened Monday at the Park. Staple- 
ton, Staten Island, in "The liiKrale." 
The company will present two bills 


The Selwyn Realty Corp. has 
been granted a writ of certiorari 
against Henry M. Goldfogle et al., 
commissioners of taxes and as.scss- 
ments to review its assessment of 
the Selwyn property on West 42d 
and West 43d streets. New Yor«. 
The property was fixed at 1370,000 
valuation. The Selwyns claim $275.- 
000 market value and think they 
should not be compelled to pay 
taxes on the $95,000 difference. 

The appended statements 
that the Selwynt ar6 the lessees of 
the property for four years from 
1917 at $12,500 annually. The land 
itself is mortaged for $125,000. 


'e Corse Payton stock reopens 7 at KctMiey's. Bay IlidKe. 
I'rooklyn. N. Y. Payton ina-igurat- 
«*d .«tock at the house in the spring, 

formerly having boon 
played. The stock organization is'tition. 

"Dearie" Instead of "Sally" 

Chicago. July 13. 
Stretchers advertising "Good 
Morning Dearie* were hurriedly 
placed in front of the Colonial The- 
atre yesterday as "coming." giving 
rise to the po.ssibility of a delay in 
the early September arr.val of 
Sally." Witli .Tol.son. "'(Jood Morn- 
ing Dearie" and Ed Wynn'.s .show 
the late Aujrust booking.s here wiU^ 
hold topnoleh musical play compe 

Frazee Wants Try-out House 
Boston, July 12. 

Harry Frazee Is negotiating for a 
lease of the Arlington (old Castle 
Square) for the new season, con- 
templating Installing a stock com- 
pany to try out all new plays sub- 
mitted to the F'razee ofilces. 

The manager is expected bore 
from Chicago this week. 

Minerva West.. Maxlne Brown 

Dav« Craig « Maurice Holland 

Aunt Mildred Madeline Grey 

nilthflni Douiflrtu CoHjcrove 

IMiillip Weat llradfurd KirklMido 

.Sue O'Ka StTk 

J^ Comtp Kmilo I'ouchPZ. . .John Hendrlokii 

Chick O'ilrlen ...Hobby O'Noll 

/,oe Alice Cavanaugh 


Mary .' Trma Colirn 

jMUiK9 Kdna CoIkh 

Dolly Huth Cray 

l>ully Tiucllc (Jodard 

Muily Kilrcn Shannon 

Fay Jlonor Tuttwraall 

Doris I'Jmmey Tattrrsall 

Catherine rlrcta Warburg 

June Roue Courtney 

Nell Uobby Kane 

Olorla Merceden Dernordant 

Florence Kay Carlin 

Jack .........Paul Logan 

nilly Bobby Culberlaon 

I^eBter Ted Wheeler 

George Norman Nirholaon 


Rochester. N. Y., July 12. 
Bon Atwell Is in the city. enga^oM 
to take rh'irge of the publicity bu- 
reau for the new E>»tmaij thoatro. 
not yet opened. 

At 9.50 Monday night it looked as 
though Tuesday morning Joe Le- 
blang would have the exclusive 
ticket selling rights to "Sue, Dear." 

Also at that hour when the in- 
terminably long first act had ended, 
no one had askcl for their money 
back. By the same token perhaps, 

no one had paid money for opening 
night seats. 

The with the frequent 
encores of frequent — too frequent — 
songs, Indlcitcd tho audience 
folt hand -free throu .h expense re- 
lief. Scale. $3.30 top. 

llido imdioy, Joseph Herbert and 
C. S. Montanye were programrnod 
as authors of the book. IJut who 
thought out the i>iot '' The book 
was torrible onoufjh. but the plot I 
And the showl 

I'Yank If. (Iroy vva.s mentioned as 
the cornpo.Kor; I>udloy in again for 
tho lyrics, wltn Iho book ntagod hy 
llerbort and the. dance numbers by 
Jack Mason. Twelve chorus girls are even 

backed up the principals, but who 
backed the show? 

This isn't tho first week "Sue" haa 
been on a stage. It went into train- 
ing out of town for a week, after 
having been tak<;n out previously, 
when Dudley — only written and 
brought In for rewriting by the 
others. But at least, putting It on 
at the Times Square for Its finish 
in mid-summer will save annoyance 
In the regular >ason. 

"Sue, Dear," In plot could serve 
for the annual summer outdoor fos- 
tlval of tho Monmouth County 
Community Dramatic League of 
Llttlo Theatre Players. Then Ice 
cream and cake, if served gratis, 
could have stood it off. 

It's of a woman-hater who meets 
a man-hator a«i a pre-marriage 
party in honor of a bridesmaid 
about to be given. The bridesmaid 
is an heiress from St Louis. She 
wires on the afternoon of the party 
she can't be there. The man-4iatcr 
substituted for her. \ 

The man-hater was the ronfldon- 
tlal clerk in a Jeweler's, where the 
prospective groom bought his pros- 
pective bride a string of pearls. 

The clerk delivered the pearls In 
i-j)crson. When made aware of the 
^rcumstances she consented to Im- 
personate the heiress, to ensnare 
the woman-hr ing brother of the 

Perhaps the man-hater captured 
the woman-hater m tiie second act. 
But who would wait for the second 
act after seeing the first? 

The best of the first act waa the 
opening number by the choristers as 
staged by Mr. Ma.son. That look€?d 
promising. But the chorus girls 
couldn't be the principals. More 
tho pity! 

John Hondricks as a count stood 
out on tho stage like the nine red 
exit signs did on the orchestra floor. 
liohUy O'Ne'.l got a laugh in a tough 
kid (;harac(or and some 
when dancing with Alice Cav- 

I'erhapH the .show Is still at tho 
Times .Square. If It is. blame Joe. 

As Steve Iteardon said h<pn stag- 
poring onto 4LM street: "Whatever 
I may have done to you, now you 




Friday, July 14, 1923 



Nearly All Legit Shows Make Good Showing — 
'Tor Goodne«8 Sake" and ''Lilies" in Doubt for 
Longer Stay 

Chicago, July 12. 

True to 'form ran tho public 
Fourth of July in administering 
summer theatrical "breaks" >fvhf'n 
It doesn't rain on that day. The 
day was chol<etl with sunshine, com- 
pletely destroyinp the matinee busi- 
ness and only making the night 
trade what it would have been at 
the matinee if J. Pluvius had shot 
off some fireworks. The Shubert 
houses figured that the Fourth of 
July matinee would draw better 
than the usual Wednesday matinee, 
so called off the latter, only to draw 
poor results. 

Despite the disappointing Fourth 
and the usual slump the day after 
(Wednesday) the handful of shows 
in town struck an extraordinary 
week-end business. With the ex- 
ception of the I*owers and the Gar- 
rick, all shows in town slightly bet- 
tered their previous week, which 
proves that the Apollo, Blackstone, 
Cort and LaSalle need not worry 
during the balance of the summer, |-«howmen. 
for they all crawled through the 
specified dull week of the- summer 
season with slight gains. 

Chicago is experiencing a record 
drought, and the theatre managers 
are sharing the sadness of it with 
the farmers. Of the two big nights 
(Saturday and Sunday) the weather 
man has been somewhat lenient, 
with the conditions for Saturday 
night helping not a little. Except 
for two weeks ago last Sunday 
night, the Sunday nights have been 
featured with terrific humidity. 
Last Sunday was checked off as 
the hottest night of the year. Some 
pace "will have to be pfcked up this 
week if a respectable week end 
total will be reached. Sunday 
night's getaway business was the 
worst of the summer, with $700 fur- 
nishing the average business. The 
lowest figure was $325 at Powers. 

Predictions of several weeks ago 
that "The Hotel Mouse" would aver- 
age $12,000 in its weekly business 
for the summer run at the Apollo 
are turning out accurate. A healthy 
business was added last week, due 
to the small gain with the Fourth of 
July business. It is only two weeks 
• off before the augmented out-of- 

one night stand rights to the piece. 
If the Lloyd faction knew this a 
week ago they wouldn't have saved 
the situation. Not being showmen, 
they overlooked the important angle, 
since they had been persuaded to 
keep going at the Garrick, regard- 
less of the loss, with, hopes of pick- 
ing up the 'losses in surrounding 
territory after the Garrick stay. 
It appears Geo. W. Lederer, acting 
,for Jones & Thurnrmn, with the 
Poughkeepsie money, bought the 
piece from the Aarons interests for 
$7,500, mentioning only 12 big cities 
and the Pacific coast time. Walter 
Duggan, who became manager after 
Lederer left, disopvered the joker 
and advised the Poughkeepsie men 
of the folly of keeping the attraction 
running at the Garrick at a loss, 
making valuable surrounding terri- 
tory for others. Duggan advised 
the show close next Saturday, if 
they didn't want to make a whole 
season out of their initial try as 
The one-night stand 

^ ,, ^, , Learn (who joined the cast on a 

town patronage strikes Chicago I ^^^^ ^^^^^.^^^^^ ^^^^ ^ ^pj.^ ^„ 

rights have been offered to the 
Poughkeepsie men for $1«000, pro- 
vided the back royalties are paid 
up, meaning that Lloyd will have to 
pay over some $3,000 more to further 
the possibility of recovering the 
original investment, if the play 
happens to hit as a road attraction. 
The one night stand rights and the 
authors' royalties -are identical In 
the matter of financial headquar- 
ters. If the Poughkeepsie men ad- 
here to Duggan's . jadgment, they 
will close up their experience as 
showmen. They, however, api>ear 
to be gluttons for punishment. 

The pruning knife was plunged 
through the heart of the unneces- 
sary expenses. This week it is 
reported the show can break on 
$8,500. John Young took John S. 
Hazzard's place Sunday night. 
Edna Bates is now playing the Vir- 
ginia O'Brien part, while Ethel 
Wilson is in Marjorie Gateson's 
role. Johnnie Byams was engaged 
Monday for Vinton Freedley's part. 
Thus far the cast changes haven't 
decreased the show's strength. 

Down at the Powers the common- 
wealth workers, except Chaflotte 


Doing ^1,000 WMkly in Boston. 
Star WanU Vacation 

Boston, July 12. 

•*Sally'' closes Saturday. Marilynn 
Miller insists on having a vacation, 
It is said. The show is going along 
at a swimming rate now, and has 
been since opening. 

Last week the business was 
$81,000. Even though the Colonial 
is the only open legit thegitre in 
town, and has nothing more in 
the way of competition than a 
couple of stock houses, a mark of 
$31,000 for a show playing the sum- 
mer months in Boston has seldom, 
if ever, been equalled. 

The recent fuss on the oldtlme 
topic of the reported engagement 
of Jack Pickford and Marilynn Miller 
got a first page play from most of 
the local dailies and, being just 
clean enough to register, helped out 
the box office enough to hang up 
another big week's business. 

There isn't any doubt that the 
show could run for several weeks 
longer at a profit. 

The show may reopen Labor Day 
in this city. "Good Morning Dearie" 
is supposed to open on that* date 
at the Colonial. 

The closing of "Sally" makes 
things ideal for the opening of 
"Little Nellie Kelly." the Cohan 
show, due to pop out at the Tre- 
mont on the last day of this month. 
Cohan will ha\e the town for the 
month of August anyway. The 
only other showc in town will be 
"Shuffle Along," the colored show, 
due to open at the Sclwyn, uptown, 
on the same date. 


Figures estimated and comment point to tome attmctiont being 
successful, while the same gross accredited to others might suggest 
mediocrity or losa. The variance is explained in th« difference in 
house capacities, with the varying overhead. Also the size of cast, 
with consequent difference in necessary gross for profit. Variance 
fn business necessary for musical attraction as against dramatic 
play is also considered. 


"Abie,** $9,000— -Mr. Pim/» $7,0<J0 
Third Week— **Letty" Off 

and don't be surprised to hear of 
the Apollo attraction ascending io 

"Her Temporary Husband" has 
steadied itself at the Cort, gaining 
some $500 over the premiere week. 
Jt begins to look as if William 
Courtenay has .grabbed an all- 
;' season vehicle, for while the piece 
' will only be kept here until Aug. 20, 
it will nowvdraw a New York hear- 
ing and. regardless of its fate in 
New York, the play will be given 
a road tour, thereby assuring Cour- 
tenay of winter activities. 

To the credit of "Just Married" 
goes the honor of the biggest profits 
of any show playing here in a dec- 
ade. For consistent business the 
LaSalle attraction is in a class by 
itself. All this happiness comes 
from good showmanship, and it now 
looks as if the worlds series will 
be a matter of history before this 
farce is asked to move. Nothing is 
marked ofC on the LaSalle books 
until October 10, and this date can 
easily be reached by the present 
laughable visitor. 

It's going to be a miracle if "For 
Goodness Sake" continues at the 
Garrick after Saturday. Up to yes- 
terday no notice, had been given for 
closing, but complications suggest 
the end will abruptly arrive. This 
attraction held its average of the 
previous week, and because of the 
.unnecessary expenses of previous 
weeks being completely checked, a 
small profit was in sight until the 
last moment, when an avalanche of 
bills contracted by the previous 
managers popped up, and were 
forced to be paid under threat of 
attachments. All were met with 
the exception of t>ack royalties 
amounting to some $2,000. Attor- 
neys for the authors were persuaded 
to hold off. inasmuch as the present 
management showed good faith by 
paying last week's royalty, reported 
^to be on the basis of 7 per cent. The 
royalty went to Alex A. Aarons. 
New York. 

The biggest problem now con- 
fronting the Lloyd Intereata la the 
^iscovery that they doa'l mm tb« 

the company's share of $4,960. 
There's still some money due the 
cast for the three weeks ago rum- 
pus, and each member is getting 
thfs by dribs and drabs. Clara 
Moores is happier than at any other 
time since the commonwealth ar- 
rangement went into effect, and 
Averril Harris holds strong the 
strength of the cast with Norman 
Trevor's exit. During this week 
"Lilies of the Field" will have to 
rip oft a better average for the 
remaining performances of the week 
than at any other time during the 
commonwealth period, because of 
the $325 start Sunday night. 

Expectations will probably be 
realised within the next fortnight 
relative to an arrival of at least 
throe shows for the new month. If 
they don't materialize, the present 
Apollo, LaSalle. Cort and Black - 
stone attractions will strike a gold 
mine during August — Pageant of 
Progress period. 

Last weeks estimates: ^ 

**Her Temporary Husband" (Cort, 
second week). If it hadn't been for 
bad slump Friday night. $9,000 
would have been reached on week. 
So content is management, piece Is 
set for given time. Gained over 
previous week with gross of $8,530. 

''Lightnin* " (Blackstone, forty- 
fifth week). Perhaps solid out-of- 
town audiences Fourth of July 
night. Went over $11,000. 

"For Goodness Sake** (Garrick, 
fifth week). Only $1,700 Fourth, 
with Wednesday night flop pre- 
venting all chances for first $10,000 
week. If the attraction goes be- 
yond Saturday, jt will be a miracle, 
stopped at $8,740. 

The Hotel Mouse'' (Apollo, sev- 
enth week). Gained slightly over 
previous week, with corking Satur- 
day night and little help from 
Fourth. May have been failure In 
New York, but Chicago likes It. 

"Jutt Married" (LaSalle. eleventh 
WMk). Fact it was known play's 
iwom would b« At l«Mt |8«0f« up 

San Francisco. July 12. 

Oliver Morosco's "Abie's Irish 
Rose" at the Century got about 
$9,000 during its first week at $1.50 
top prices. The show pleased the 
majority of theatregoers. 

At the Columbia "Mr. Pim Passes 
By" remained a third week and held 
up exceedingly well, getting better 
thai) $7,000. 

"So Long Letty" at Morosco's 
Casino is-not holding up as well as 
was expected. "Canary Cottage" is 
being readied to succeed it, probably 
next week or the week after, "ck) 
Long Letty" did fairly well, but in- 
dications are that the run expected 
will peter out. 


Henry Miller, who returned from 
the coast with his special company, 
played a second try-out of "Her 
Friend, the King" at Stamford. 
Conn., last week. The play w&s 
considered the weakest of the trio 
of new pieces tried out last month 
in San Francisco, but the Stamford 
engagement was played before a 
final deciflion to shelve it was made. 
The piece will probably not be of- 
fered on Broadway. 

With Ruth Chatterton, Miller will 
open the Empire's season in "La 
Tendresse," said to be t^e most 
promising of his new playv. The 
Henry MiNer theatre will open with 
"The Awful Truth." Ina Claire and 
Bruce McRae will be featured. 


The Maitland PI house at Port- 
land, Me., the city's •'Little Theatre." 
opened Monday with "The Liars." 
The theatre, fofmerly a church, is 
under the direction of Arthur Malt- 
land. It seats 820. with scale $1.25 
top. The company is headed by 
Katherine Gray. John Clubley. with 
Ralph Glover, stage manager. 

Reginald Travers, who has been 
the director of the Players' Club 
in San Fracisco, a semi-profes- 
sional producing organisation* has 
secured in association with William 
Rainey the Pacific Coast rights to 
"The First Fifty Years," which they 
plan to produce in San Francisco 
and send on the road. 

Lou Lockett has dissolved part- 
nership with Miss Linn. The danc- 
ers teamed for vaudeville, appear- 
ing first together last fall. Lockett 
has signed with "The Perfect Fool," 
the EM Wynn show, which reopens 
at the Illinois, Chicago, Aug. 2H. 
Lockett replaces John Dale. 

to Saturday night's business, 
checker-up kept away for estimate 
of week's business knowing pace 
continues with Joy for all. Going to 
be hard to get seats for this attrac- 
tion when the Pageant of Progress 
visitors start arrivinir. 

''Abie's Irish Rose,** Fulton (8th 
week). Moves to Republic Mon- 
day, Fulton dark until fall. "Hose" 
got $6,800 last week, said to be 
profitable. Four figures Fourth of 
July night. •• 

"Captain Applejack/' Cort (29th 
week). In spite of fall holiday 
debut this comedy hit really has 
season's stay to credit. Aimed for 
continuance. Business on paying 
basis through hot weather. Last 
week down close to even break, 
takings under $8,000. 

''Cat. and Canary/' National (23d 
week). Another attraction ex- 
pected to ride through summer 
and continue into fall. Only mys- 
tery play try that stood up in com- 
petition with ''The Bat," which 
rates peer of all plays of that 
ciass. $8,000 last week. 

"Chai^ve-Souris/' Century (24th 
week). Morris Gest's- winning 
wonder handled in most skillful 
fashion. Russian troupe making 
summer show, history by drawing 
capacity trade to roof, though 
above theatre zone. 

"Follies," New Amsterdam (6th 
week). Unchallenged winner of 
Broadway; playing to standing 
room right along, with nightly 
gross $5,000 and weekly takings 
hitting $37,300. 

"From Morn Till. Midnight,'* Frazee 
(3d week). Made little money by 
grossing $5,000 first weeks. Only 
limited date intended, but engage- 
ment indefinite. 

"Good Morning Dearie," Globe (37th 
week). Matinee Fourth went to 
capacity through theatre weather 
break. Bit under $20,000 for sea- 
son's worst week. 

"He Who Gets Slapped," Garrick 
(27th week). Theatre Guild show 
will probably ride out month. Get- 
ting enough business for little 
profit. Around $4,500 of late. 
Guild's most successful try this 

"Kempy," Belmont (9th week). Con- 
tinues to draw excellent business 
for limited capacity house. Late 
arriving comedy hit should hold 
over into fall. Around $8,000 
weekly, not far from capacity. 

"Kiki," Belasco (33d week). Now on 
seven-performance basis for bal- 
ance of summer, Thursday mati- 
nee elinainated to lighten burden 
of star (Lenore Ulric). Broad- 
way's undisputed dramatic leader 
since opening. $14,000 last week; 
big for short- week basis. 

"Lawful Larceny," Republic (28th 
week). Final week. This drama 
rates with successes. Was . to 
have closed several weeks ago, out 
picked up. House changes con- 
trol to Oliver D. Bailey, and 
"Abie's Irish Rose" moves over 
from Fulton Monday. 

"Music Box Revue/' Music Box (43d 
week). Affected Monday of last 
week, when heavy downpour killed 
off box-oflflce trade. Gave matinee 
Wednesday instead of Fourth and 
sold out. Takings off from pre- 
vious week and but beat $20,000 
last week. Lowest gross to date. 

"Partners Again/' Selwyn (11th 
week). Comedy leader stood up 
well for week of the Fourth, 
switching matinee successfully 
and drawing big holiday trade. 
Held approximately to mark of 
week previous, with about $14,500 

"Shuffle Along," 63d Street (60th 
week). Another week for colored 
revue, which has set run record for 
atractions of kind to shoot at. 
Opens at Selwyn, Boston, July 31. 
Ought to clean up on road if given 
even booking break. 

"Six Cylinder Love," Sam Harris 
(47th week). Looks like a year's 
run now. On summer basis, with 
house and show making little 
money. l»ace very good consider- 
ing long stay. Last week about 

"Spice of 1922," Winter Garden (2d 
week). Got off to a $6,800 pre- 
miere Thursday night last week; 
top $5. Ought to land real money 
for balance of summer at regular 
scale, $3, indicated pace being over 
$25,000 weeJ^Jbt I*iaycd to $1<).600 
first four p§riormances. 

"Strut Miss Lizzie," Earl Carroll 
(4th week). Colored troupe at 
Times Square for three weeks fol- 
lowed "Pin Wheel," which clo.«?ed 
after staying four weeks. "Lizzie" 
moved here Monday. $5,900 last 

**Sue Dear," Times Square (Ist 
week). Bide Dudley's musical 
show, trird out several weeks ago 
on road, opened Monday at $5 top. 
Fixed up and restaged. Mid- 
summer entry and none other in 
sight. Notices very mild and 
show thought to have little chance. 

"The Bat,* Morosco (99th week). 
Now cinch for accomplishment of 
two years' run on Broadway. 
Mystery play is run leader and* 
takes second to "Lightnin'," which 
stayed three years. 

"The Dover Road," Bijou (30th 
week). One of few attractions 
giving matinee on Fourth. Ca- 
pacity drawn that afternoon and 
total on week went to little under 
$5,000. Probably pays, with show 
and house on sun^mer basis. 

"The Goldfish," Astor (12th week). 
Advanced nearly $1,000 last week, 
when total reached nearly $8,000. 
On summer basis profitable and 
attraction should hold forth until 
new season's arrivals. May move 
to another house, Astor being of* 
fered for pictures. 

"Silver Wings," Apollo (9th week). 

"Nero," Lyric (8th week). Film. 


(First name is judgment debtor; 
creditor and amount follow.) 

Jack Wilson; H. F. Klemens; 

Middletown Theatre Co.; G reciter 
N. y. Export House, Inc.; $2,071.62. 

La Verne N. English; Paramount 
Publicity Corp.; $93.23. 

Jewish Art Theatre, Inc.; U. 8. 
Fidelity & Guaranty Co.; $806.22. 

Acierno Amus. Co.; Industrial 
Commissioner of State of N. Y.; 

Mildred Harris Chaplin; Chaplin<« 
Mayer Pictures Co., Inc.; $3,329.05. 

Lee and Olive Kraus; J. Goldie; 

Lee Kraus; same; $1,690. 

Waiter L. Johnson; Republic 
Labs.. liil; $234.85. 

Don. C. Seitz; C. M. Hall; $539.40. 

Sarfle; same; $544.40. 

Jack Udel; Capitol Photo Supply 
Co.. Inc.; $158.77. 

Noble Sissle; R. G. Heron, Inc.; 

Wid Gunning, Inc.; Travelers Ins. 
Co.; $482.08. 

Satisfied Judgments 

Philip ^ J. Bartholmae; E. J. Mc-< 
Gregor; $1,726.50; June 2. 1922. 

.Gustavo G. Gennert; Thames h 
Mersey Marine Ins. Co., Lim.; 
$272.03; Jan. 26. 1921. 

E. Ray Goetz; Stern Bros.; $230.« 
90; Feb. 13, 1915. 

Edward Ray Goetz; E. Johnson;' 
$576.41; Aug. 21. 1918. 

Bankruptcy Petition 

Perlman Music Supply Home, 503 
Fifth avenue. New York (voluntary 
petition). Joseph P. McDonough is 
the receiver. 


Saul Abrahams, who has been 
manager of "The Greenwich Village 
Follies" for s'iveral years, has been 
appointed manager of the George 
M. Cohan theatre, now under the di« 
direction of Max Spiegel, who pur* 
chased the house last year. The 
house is in pictures for the summer 
and is being handled by the Spiegel 
office. Abrahams will be in charge 
when the legitimate season openfl 
around Labor day. The first at* 
traction will be "Queen of Hearts," 
Nona Bay a starring, which Spiegel 
is producing. 

Harry Davis, who has managed 
the Cohan for many seasons, has re- 
signed. It Is understood he will 
continue with th3 E^rlanger office. 


Toronto. July 12. 

The Bobbins stock at the Royal 
Alexandria tried out "Tommy Comes 
to Town" by Roy Briant. Thomas 
A. Wise had the leading role, that 
of an elderly sedate Glens FallB, 
N. Y., man who is a stepper away 
from home and gets mixed up in 
Greenwich Village, New York, try- 
ing to untangle family complica- 

There are laughs and dramatic 
situations in tho piece that made 
something of a local impression. 


The Chicago Opera Association 
has made a motion^ set a.side the 
service and vacate t^e Judgment in 
a suit begun by Nicholas K. Roer- 
ich in the New York Supreme 
Court recently for breach of con- 
tract. Roerich, a Russian scenic, in M.iy, 1921, submitted ideaj 
for the production of "Tri.stan," 
which were rejected. He sired for 
$3,700 due recovering judpmmt by 
default. The Chicago Opera A.«?so- 
ciation was improperly served, it a'' 
leges, and wants service set aside. 


Friday. July 14, 1W8 





Paris, June 15. 

Still another show offered by M. 
Cholsy at the Grand Guignol, await- 
iJie a summer program to include 
••Au Telephone," which the Comedle 
Francaise does not want. 

The main dish at present Is a 
two-act drama by Gustavo Freja- 
ville adapted from Charles Dickens' 
•'Black Veil" In sketches by Box. 
The French author has eelzed tl e 
•Ituatlon, ably dramatizing the 
■tory of the"tveiled woman calling 
ori a physician late at night and 
imploring his skill to save a dying 
Datlent. She leaves an address in 
a London slum. When the doctor 
'later calls he finds his visitor nurs- 
ing a corpse — that of a young 
criminal hanged the previous day 
and far beyond his professional 


Another two-act drama, "22 Rue 
des Vertus," by Madeleine Guitty, 
Is a strong work, but rather un- 
savory. The title Is the address of 
a brothel, such as are tolerated on 
the continent, owned by -a wealthy 
individual supposed by his neigh- 
bors to be living on private means. 
As a matter of fact the neighbors 
are correct. Thi* man's son is in 
love with one of the inmates of the 
brothel. One night he mistaltfia the 
owner for a frequenter of the re- 
sort, particularly sweet on the un- 
fortunate creature he prefers, and 
kills his own father before recog- 
nizing him. 

To change the atmosphere the 
show includes two farces, one di- 
verting and a clever study of the 
horse-racing community. Henry 
Lee in this latter sketch. "La Glori- 
euse Incertitude." describes how a 
workingman, Pierre, has promised 
his wife to give up betting, but, 
, tempted to try his luck for the last 
time, he puts his savings on a 
favorite. The wife, influenced by 
friends, has ^ bit oiv another horse 
unknown to her husband. Pierre's 
mount is first reported as the win- 
ner, but later disqualified, the wife, 
however, having put her money on 
the horse getting the stakes, the 
family savings thus being saved 
after Pierre has been thoroughly 
scared. This slight plot Is adroitly 

"La Premiere Consultation," by 
Albert WiUemetz, is likewise slight, 
but correspondingly broad. A 
physician has recently married, and 
starts his practice under new condi- 
tions. His first patient Is a former, calling to claim money. 
To hide the true situation from his 
jealous wife, continually eves- 
dropping, he is obliged to put his 
imwclcome visitor through a med- 
ical examination while they whisper 
their private grievances. 

Another show will be due at the 
Grind Guignol in the. near future. 



London. June 21. 
Pasteur is a one-part play spe- 
Wally written for Lucien Guitry, 
who Is a remarkable actor, sober in 
bis gesture, but who possesses in his 
eyes the greatest emotional powers 
!^no man other than Guitry will 
•ver play the part. Yes, after 
bis death, but never with his ma- 
jesty, his simplicity nor his 
strength! His make-up is marvel- 
ous. It seems, from the photos, that 
bis genius is still alive. And al- 
though the play does not refer to 
any love affair or intrigue, to any- 
thing else but the great loye of a 
man for humanity, it is very mov- 

The play is simply the life of Pas- 
teur, who was not a doctor, but a 
research chemist. He had to fight 
against the ignorance of the mem- 
beis of the medical academy — they 
did not actually laugh at him, but 
they handicapped him. The only 
people who understood and felt in 
him the birth of a genius were, as 
usual, the Germans, wh" paid for 
his laboratory. But when the war 
of 1870 broke out Pasteur refused 
any help and reward from them. 
Long after (20 years of constant 
studies and discouragement) Pas- 
teur has discovered the serum 
against hydrophobia (rabies) he has 
made his experiments; now he is 
waiting for his first patient. He 
comos from Alsace; a little boy and 
his father terribly bitten on the leg 
and arms. Pasteur is anxious; will 
the injection be a success? The 
doctor who is going to make the in- 
jection is afraid — there is a tense 
moment. The boy comes very late, 
10 days. I'asteur says he docs not 
like dealing with a child- it is too 
much for him- because he has for 
children a great tenderness and the 
respect of what he miglit bo one day 
(perhaps a genius). 

The child is cured, and when three 
years after the boy returns he hard,- 
ly recopnlzcd him. and the boy tells 
him: "Vou saved by lif*-." Pasteur 
is moved to tears, l.ut mastering 
nimsolf, ho says: "Is it not ^ood to 
hear tlioso words from .sii« li a pretty 
littlo inouth?" 

He was very ill when the boy 
''•'»ni»\ and his .«;iMht brings n(>\v 
f'.renmh and health, and following 
njs doctor's advice ho poos f> the 
south of Franco to take a nst. and 
Rives sfiniH addr(\Ms«Ml ('n\»'lopos to 
^"t* fliiUi so that he can write to 

him, but he does not expect to live 
very long. The child asks. "Where 
are you going then?" "Where I 
would not let you go." "Why?'' 'It 
is too far for little boys!" 

This cure ha« brought the whole 
of France on its knees at the feet 
of this man of genius. He is made 
a member of all the academics of 
science in Paris and France and 
everywhere. He Is decorated with 
all sorts of crosses; then at his re- 
ception at the Academy the Presi- 
dent of the Republic, who was Car- 
not at the time, came and kissed 
him In the name of France, the doors 
of the Academy open, Carnot offer- 
ing him his arm leads him in the 
room. We hear the "Marseillaise" 
and the mad cheers of the crowd. 

There is not a woman seen on the 
stage. The plot Is simple, great; 
the whole thing livery pathetic and 
most splendidly acted by the won-* 
derful Lucien Guitry. The play was 
written by his son, Sacha CJuitry, 
who knew how to fit his father, and 
he succeeded largely. JcAo. 


Paris, June 15. 

Such Is the title of a so-called 
psycholgolcal study in four acts by 
Pierre Frondale just mounted at the 
Theatre Femtna. It is doubtful 
whether it will reflect for long. It 
paints the portrait of a woman, 
turned 40, widow and mother o* a 
bright youth already engaged to 
marry into a respectable family. 

In this circle Mme. Balta meets a 
fashionable novelist, Gaston de 
Ruppert, and he makes a deep im- 
pression on her. She is not made 
of wood, although the first gray 
hair is apparent when she neglects 
to hide it. For she has passed 
through a long widowhood alone, 
having passionately loved her de- 
ceased husband. Mme. Baita has 
as an Intimate friend, a young 
woman, Vedded to a fellow not ap- 
preciating the ardor of a healthy 
young novice. Thus the novelist 
has not much trouble in paying 
court to the friend, mated to the 
wrong husband, visibly preferring 
her to the more experienced Mme. 

In view of this choice the latter 
gives herself to Gaston by proxy, 
as It were. She teaches her 
younger fflend the science of love, 
the art of being desired, the profes- 
sion of coquetry. She reflects her 
passion for the puppy she dotes on 
through her friend, and facilitates 
their meetings, unselfishly disguis- 
ing her ow« feelings. Even when 
her young friend and her beloved 
Gaston are on the point of being 
discovered by the outraged husband 
she fearlessly substitutes herself for 
the wife and publicly proclaims she 
is the novelist's mistress. ^Thls 
situation is not new.) 

The ^ wife is not grateful and 
Imagines the confession to be true. 
Gaston knows otherwise, naturally, 
and tries to make amends by offer- 
ing to supply data by which she 
may tranquilize her conscience of 
having uttered a lie. But Mme. 
Baita is no fool, though her years 
of widowhood were on the point of 
leading her astray. She realizes 
the young man Is only trying to ex- 
press his gratitude for avoiding a 
scandal, and the difference of age 
Is sufficient to discountenance any 
idea of true marriage. So she 
wisely accepts the offer of a former 
Platonic friend a bit older than her- 
self and whose heart is still gree.i. 

This comedy met with only a fab: 
reception, for many better psycho- 
logical essays of the same order 
have been given by unknown play- 
wrights at the various Independent 
stage societies' performances dur- 
ing the past season. But regular 
managers seem only willing to con- 
sider the efforts of well-known 
playwrights and decline to try out 
the unknowns. Kendrexo. 


Pari.s, July 1. 

ThSb title has a sound that the 
authors suppose will fetch 'em to 
the Theatre des Ternes. Jean Conti 
and Maurice Moreaux have concoct- 
ed a three-act farce on the old 
model with up-to-date broad situa- 

Carmen Is a youthful actress who 
foolishly gave her heart and the 
rest to a smart guy about town 
named Lafourchette. A child was 
the result, but the fickle father also 
kept up a correspondence with a 
buxom lady, signing his missives in 
the name of a friend, Mauvoisin, 
and even gave a date at hi.i villa. 

Carmen appropriated a letter and 
realized .^^he was being neglected. 
Confidinpr her suspicions to an old 
rhap in the dramatic troupe, Poche- 
vide, he sought Mauvoisin at the 
address stated. -and on the preten- 
sion of being the parent of Carmen 
threatened the supposed culprit 
with Instant death if he failed to 
marry the Rirl he had wronged. He 
iinfortuiiafely mistook the men. and 
the innocrnt MauVoisin was the 

vi^'f im. 

DurinL,' this mane iver he oncount- 
ered the Imxom lady and rerognizcMl 
a form«'r sweetheart who liad given 
him a lom;-lost (laiit»hler. This off- 
sprini? was proved to he Cirmf^n. 

PoelievMe made amends by w«-rl- 
ding the aforesaid buxom lady. 

while the fickle Lafourchette asked 
the said parents to give him the 
right hand (he apparently already 
had taken the left) of their daugh- 
ter. Carmen, in legal matrimony. 

This rollicking farce is not par- 
ticularly attractive, and certainly 
not an object to be used for t2ie 
propaganda of French literature. 


London, June 27. 
In a very good and concise first 
act we learn that Berton' (Lucien 
Guitry), a wealthy banker, loves his 
wife and Is jealous of her. He is 
not loved, but feared by her. She 
Is late coming home that evening; 
he Is anxiously waiting for her and 
refuses to believe his wife may have 
Incurred any danger. ^ 

Suddenly the commissary of po- 
lice comes — his wife has been killed 
by another woman, friend of hers, 
who found her in her husband's 
arms. Berton is in a rage and de- 
cides to help the woman to be ac- 
quitted. The strong brute appears 
in him. But when Vincelon. the 
friend he was talking to, has gone, 
disgusted by his cold cruelty. Berton 
sees on a chair the little coat be- 
longing to his wife. He takes it in 
his hands, caresses It, a sob com^ 
to his throatt the beast becomes hu^ 
m^n again, but his strong character 
tries to fight this weakness. "Come, 
come!*' he says to himself, but the 
sob is still there, and tlie curtain 
comes down. 

Then he travels, seeking for ob- 
livion. He meets a girl, Suzette 
(Yvonne Printemps), who is one o* 
the souls on the market. She likes 
him and wants him to like her. but 
he cannot, and she wants to leave 
him. "Not until you have told me 
why." And she explains all her feel- 
ings towards him. He realizes what 
there is in him that he cannot con- 
quer; he Is sorry for himself; sorry 
for his dead wife, whom he now for- 

Yvonne Printemps has a most ex- 
cellent scene at the moment. When 
she has told Berton of her sym- 
pathy first, then of her fear, then of. 
her loathing, she bursts out sobbing, 
a sob that changes Into a hysterical 
laugh which holds the audience 
gasping, and a roar of applause ac- 
companies her off the stage. 

Berton Is like an oak that fell 
broken under a storm. Dejectedly 
he says: "Happiness is a courtier, 
misfortune a master! Poor little 

In the third act Berton has re- 
turned home a very different man. 
A lady calls on him — It Is Madame 
de VUleroy, the acquitted murderess. 
Berton receives hetv She Is embar- 
rassed, for Berton seems calm and 
quite composed. He patiently Its- 
tens to all she has to say — she 
blames Jacqueline, and as she had 
divorced her husband she tries now 
to fascinate Berton and get hold of 
him; he Is so Hch. The beast who 
sleeps in Berton suddenly wakes up. 
and he relieves his heart talking to 
the woman as to a dog. She is 
afraid, find takes her bag, In which 
Is her revolver. Berton sneers at It 
and gets wilder. She Is going to 
shoot him, but he holds her wrist 
and disarms her. Then he catches 
hold of her throat and tells her the 
last few bitter words. He releases 
her a moment to ask: "What were 
her last words before you shot?" 
"Pardon!" "And you did shoot? 
Well, die, you dog!" and he presses 
on her throat. 

This play again fits Guitry splen- 
didly. He is the real Impersonation 
of the character. As usual his act- 
ing is sober and highly emotional. 
Yvonne Printemps Is very natural 
and bright, yet in her final scene 
of the second act she rises to the 
level of a great tragedienne. 

"Jacqueline" takes the audience 
by storm, and Guitry and Yvonne 
Printemps had to answer many en- 

Then followed "Un Monsieur at- 
tend une dame.'» It is extremely 
funny, and the author-actor, the in- 
imitable Sacha, made the audience 
shed tears of joy. 

Yvonne Printemps gave us an op- 
portunity of hearing her voice in a 
song at thA piano, and she has a 
very beautiful voice, very full and 
warm and clear and expressive. 


and restored to his former condi- 
tions, where ho was led to believe 
his previous elevation was but a 
dream. Neverthclets, agitators 

aroused the people and demanded 
the return of the prince, bringing 
him back to rule. At first he thought 
it was another dream, hut reality 
being now apparent, Sigismond, re- 
membering the past, changed his 
method and swore to govern with 

As Sophocles In "Oedipus," Cal- 
dcron would fain impress on his 
audience that we are mere victims 
of destiny, which can never be 
avoided. It Is a most Interesting 
work and the Atelier is to be con- 
gratulated on revealing such ancient 
treaaure<^, notwithstandinir many of 
the world's dramatists have fre- 
quently dipped for inspiration into 
the volumes of Calderon. 



Paris, July 1. 

Such is the French title of a 
translation by Alexander Arnoux of 
a work by the Spanish author Cal- 
deron do la Barca (born in Madrid, 
1600), rehearsed by a dramatic so- 
ciety known as the Atelier, run by 
Charles Dullin and recently present- 
ed at a special matinee at the Vieux 
Colombler. so ably managed by 
Jacques Copeau, who was at the 
Greenwich in New York for a sea- 
son a few years ago. 

Bazile, King of Poland, has been 
warned by gypsies that his son 
Sigismond would succeed him by a 
reign of cruelty and injustice. To 
avoid this Bazile had the infant 
reared in a lonely shod In the forest, 
attended by a faithful servant, but 
later, struck by remorse, he plaecd 
the young man in power to lest the 
prophecy of the horoscope. 

His brutal surroundings had not 
fitted the prince to rciprn and he im- 
rn«(lialely re- ealed traits of tyranny. 
slauRhlr-ring thos»« opposing: him 
and In.'ulting his eldeis, even ord»>r- 
in;r the hrini.-«hm*nt of his roy a! sire. 

Kincr Bazile ronse<|uentIy cause. 1 
Prince .Siyismond to be ki<lnai)pod 


Paris, Juno 15. 

The Grimace Dramatic Club con- 
tinues its successful es.says at the 
Mathurins, revealing some new 
(^lever authors albeit no genius Is 
yet apparent. Lugne Poe of the 
Oeuvre, discovered Sarmant and F. 
Gemler is reported with the inten- 
tion of taking on the "Couronne de 
Carton" at the Odeon but this new 
school will nevor appeal to the 
average playgoer; while G. Pitoeff 
enhanced the value of Lenormande, 
but the style will never please the 
real public. So Bastide with his 
^imace group Is doing good work 
m bringing out latent talent, v 

Last week ho presented a three- 
act piece by Faure Fremiet, "Lie 
Souffle du DcHordre," perhaps one 
of the theatrical events of the sea- 
son, albeit with a fragrant odour 
of autumn. Two brothers, Antolne 
and Comille formerly loved the same 
girl, Jeannine, but married other 
damsels, as did also their bone of 
contention who was wedded to an- 
other swain, she being a mother. 

Consequently, the elder, Antc^ne, 
while remembering the old passion, 
faithfully observed his marriage 
vows, whereas Camille broke his 
conjugal chain, and renewing his 
relations with Jeannine, who ob- 
tained a separation, enabling them 
to wed. 

The emancipated couple were later 
compelled to seek shelter in the 
home of Antolne. and at the sight 
of his former sweetheart he felt the 
old love revive to bursting polntr 
Madly jealous of his brother and 
Jeannine's happiness he set out to 
poison their domestic biiss at its 
source by injecting the \5ancer of 
suspicion In their respective minds. 
They become estranged, and quar- 
rels are frequent between them. 

This, the 'breath of disorder" as 
premised In the title is wafted 
through the home. The son, aged 
16 years. Is led to attempt to take 
his own Ufe. due to jhis contagion, 
and order lis only restored when 
Camille and Jeanne become recon- 
ciled, thanks to the repenting 
brother, and quit the unhospitable 

There are qualities in this study, 
marking the advent of a solid play- 
wright, but It should be said much 
of the success Is due to the admir- 
able acting of an excellent comedian, 
Constant Uemy, not often seen on a 
regular stag^ Nevertheless, "Le 
Souffle du Desordre" is of the new 
school which has not a big cVowd 
of admirers, but a public is being 
rapidly formed for this class of 
psychology, provided It Is offered 
under the name of an author prom- 
inent in local stage circles. 

Thus the Grimace, and similar or- 
ganizations are doing good work in 
Revealing this up-to-date talent, 
which would have no opportunity 
otherwise. Kendrew. 

seeming to b« * skit on modern 
operetta. This work, also compar.i- 
tively unknown, is in Gluck's linciit 

There Is a rich store of old musical 
works hidden In IJurope. and thouKh 
it remains to be seen whether the 
present playgoers would appreciate 
them, the efforts of groups like the 
Petite Scene are extremely interest- 
ing. And I remember the success 
of Guy's "Beggar's Opera" during 
the past three years. Kendrew* 



Paris, June 28. 

Marcel Nancey runs this little 
theatre of horrors on the line of the 
Grand Guignol, with frequent 
changes, and presented another 
show of the usual mlxrd order last 
week. His principal item is a two- 
act drama by F. Juvenet, "Vers le 
I*ole," concerning three Swedish ex- 
plorers making their way toward 
the North Pole (or it may be the 
8outh). Bears discover the place 
^here they hid their reserves, and 
wh<>n they go to get supplies find an 
empty cupboard. The men go 
through all the tortures of hunger, 
one soon expiring; his companion 
in a moment of folly cuts off a hand ' 
of the corpse and eats It. Later ho 
kills himself just previous to the 
arrival of a relief column, which 
comes In time to rescue the sur- 
viving explorer. The men promise 
to keep the secret, and plan to re- 
port the demise of their companions 
as of privations, so that their names 
will go down to posterity as victims 
of the polar expeditions. The drama 
Is solidly constructed and the only 
thrill is thf brief act of cannibal- 

A risky farce with a rtide termina-* 
tton Is "Le Testament de Prosper," 
by Maurice Pain, rclativ« to a 
forged will, but concerning which 
there is little to be added. 

The remainder of the program 
ronnprlses a sporting sketch, "Un 
Tuyau," by Jack Abeille, also "Le 
Dlndon de la farce," by F. Despas 
and WiUemetz, held over from the 
previous bill, probably because 
nothing better was forthcoming, 
which does not prove they are genui 
of humor. KefiAtcyo, 

OUT OF town] 


"That Dair." s pl^r by Loals Anapachar, 
at tba Apolto, Atlantic Cltjr. July S. week. 


Paris, June 15. 

One of the many old operettas 
forgotten by the older and unknown 
to the younger generations was re- 
vived by a private theatrical group 
here designated as La Petite Scene. 
This musical comedy is the Poinsinct 
Philldor, the latter responsible for 
fhe muHic. and he is the famous 
chess player, born at Dreux, France, 
In 1726. His family name was 
Francois Danlcan and he acquired 
the pseudonym from his grand- 
father who was permitted by Louis 
XHI to call himself Philldor after 
an Italian composer attached to the 
court. The grandfather was choir 
master in the king's chapel, and 
young Danlcan was likewise a choir 
boy at the private chapel of Louis 
XV. He later devoted himself to 
mu.Hlcal compositions, writing sev- 
eral operas, "Sancho Panca dans son 
He" being produced In 1762 at the 
Comedie ItalUnne, Paris. 

But I'hilldor Is much better known 
now as a chess player. There arc 
probably many who hear of him as 
being among first to solve problems 
without a board before him realize 
he was a musician by profession, and 
that he left to posterity 22 import- 
ant compositions, his best opera 
probably being "Blaise le Savetier" 
for which Sc'lalno wrote tho lyrics. 

During the I-^rench revolution 
I'hilidor cHcaped to London, and he 
(lied th» ro in 1705, !iuri*-d in the .St 
.lim«.s' chur<h yard. Wisfminstcr 
He was acquainted with Haend*'! 
arid (Durk. 

Thr- I'ttilc Scene society thus pro- 
(hicod on the same occision "Th*- 
l)iiirilc;«rd CorrprtfMr' by GIikI' 
creilt'd in \'iorina In 1760, un<l 

Oaraldina Duq«Mn« Hadda Hopper 

Dr. Krlo McKay... •....a«orpr« MacQuarrIa 

I'loyd Asnas Atherton 

Kllnor Wyndham B*rtha Mann 

Robert Sinclair \\«tay Mowbray 

Sylvevter Carhart Frederick Trueadala 

Mrs. Robert Sinclair Francei Nelleon 

Mrs. Mildred Dunham Bllla Baker 

Seyntnur Kpencer Kdward Kleldlnff 

Ro/ McKay Raymond IlackeCi 

Atlantic city. July 12. 
A forceful play for thinking people 
with a tale as virile and holding as 
an Ibsen theory, marked the pre- 
liminary venture of the Belmont 
theatre repertoire company Into the 
actualities of stage existence. The 
play deals with a husband who 
Idealizes his wife until learning she 
lived with another previous to his 
marriage. He finds It hard to recon- 
cile himself to the happiness he 
possesses and the love that is his. 

The author has made his problem 
very real, impressive In Its force- 
fulness and Intelligent In Its con- 
cluding theory. In construction the 
play peculiarly deals with a definite 
climax to eaqh act, making fairly 
consecutive action as of a series of 
episodes. With one exception, the 
performance was splendidly cast. 
Bertha Mann held the principle ff>m- 
Inlne role with continued Interest. 
George MacQuarrie was opposite as 
the doctor - husband, Frederick 
Truesdale offered a suave, sly, 
polished trickster lawyer; Agnes 
Atherton scintillated in a . "Gold 
Digger" part. Kdward Fielding 
played excellently and Ellis Baker 
put in youthful charm. 

A play for intelligent audiences. 


The Lexington opera house on 
Lexington avenue and 61st street. 
New York, was recently sold by 
the Chicago Opera Association, 
which controlled it through tne 
l^exlngton Theatre Corp., to Fred- 
erick Brown, a real estate man. 
The consideration was in excess of 
a half million dollars. Several film 
people were dickering for the house, 
including the managers of trie 
Plaza, an East 59th street plcturw 
house. It is understood the theatre 
win be razed and an office building 

Date books for the next theat- 
rical season have again been issued 
by Fred and Billy Murray, stage 
I lighting experts, it Is the 14th year 
the little books have been distrib- 
uted and list of professionals with 
date of birth is again credited to 
' J^avonport" Kdward O'Brien. It's 
the .«ame OTJrlcn known around the 
Friars iS "Saturday Night Eddie.* 
At the last Frolic he was ro- 
hri^t'OU'd and the "Davenport"' 
I in<li<> given him. 


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Friday, July 14, 192a 



Variety Act 

10 Mint.; Three 

Anierican Roof 

Imogene Conur, Josephine Sabcl, 
Dan I'arrett, W«;.-t and Van Siclen, 
Andy (Jardiicr and Kubo Wallman 
comprijso this "old timers" act, spon- 
;. 3red by I^ave Marion for the Hmall 
time. Marion, whose name does not 
appear on (he billin{^, is alKo pro- 
durtr of "Veit'raim of Variety," a 
big time act of a similar order. The 
fsmall time edition, obviously framed 
only for pop house bookingn, is a 
fictup for the three-a-day and might 
even do well in faster company. All 
such acts have a certain appeal, and 
certainly any audience in bound to 
respond and acclaim a 75-year-old 
who Atill shake)! a wicked hoof 
* Kamely and neatly. That was Dan 
Barrett. He is the specialty boofer 
of the troupe. 

Mi8:9 Comer is announced an a 
Tony Pastor and Atlantic Gardens 
favorite of 25 years ago, where she 
•cintillated with her descriptive 
songs. She did two of them, includ- 
ing several choruses eacli« and 
proved that more than a score years 
have not changed the likes and dis- 
likes of vaudeville audiences. 

Josephine Sabel modestly an- 
Bounced that 80 years ago she was 
the toast of the town at Kostei^A 
Blal's. She is a nice appearing gray 
haired woman who looks the ideal 
stage **mother" type. The contrast 
in seeing her strut, high kick, cake- 
walk and expose her blue garters 
probably accounted for the wow she 
scored. Talk about being full of pep, 
that woman certainly can step with 
the youngest of 'em! When the 
company was taking its curtains she 
did a couple of kick backs for good 
measure and made the woihen 
shriek, paving the way for an ab- 
solute stopping of-thj show despite 
the intermission period following. 

West and Van Siclen are a musical 
team, the man announcing he ap- 
peared with Buffalo Bill 38 years 
•ago. His well groomed appearance 
almost belies his age at first glance. 
He and Miss Van Siclen double on 
the cornet, doing a number of novel 
effects, including a bagpipes imi- 

The act opens in an of&ce set, 
Kube Wallman as a vaudeville 
a^ent. The five old timers come in 
Kiflgly and take their seats. Andy 
Gardner in red wig doing a flip 
office boy. Wallman says something 
•t>out the reason many old timers 
are not working is because the man- 
agrers do not give them a chance. 
He states he will permit them to 
show him iheir wares. They exit 
and Wallman renders a whistle solo 
to plug the stage wait for costume 
changes. The others follow with 
their specialties. 

The act was an unqualified hit at 
the American, where it Is topping 
the bill. It's ^ corking all-season 
feature for the big three a day. 




35 Mint.; Full SUge 


There's a wealth of talent in this 
amateur revue, and, as Stan Stanley 
remarked, many deport themselves 
like profes.sionals. If they are rank 
amateurs, outside of course of club 
and entertainment appearances, a 
number of the yountrsters are truly 
prodigious and gifted. The manage- 
ment claims every one of the 14 
young men and girl.s is a bona fide 
Harlemite. The idea started two 
weeks «igo, when George and Mur- 
ray Rose (who put on the dances) 
and Harry Hart (musical director), 
assisted by a song plugger, made 
announcements for volunteer talent 
at the theatre. The Rose boys the 
week following staged and produced 
the revue, which includes a number 
of costume changes (provided by 
B. S. Moss). 

The act opens with a peppy little 
miss jassing and struttin' on the 
rostrum, a chorus of six coming 
down the aisle, three each in single 
file onto the stage. The rest is a 
series of specialties, every one pro- 
fessional in merit of a calibre diflter- 
entiable as big small time at least. 
There is one stepper (nutle) In the 
troupe who showed about every- 
thing there is in the buck and wing 
and eccentric legmania lexicon, his 
deficiency being a nervousness tluit 
propelled his hands ludicrously lo 
his trousers l>elt every ao often to 

NOLA 8T. CLAIR and CO. (2) 
"Tillie" (Musical Travesty) 
14 Mint.; One and Full Stage (Spe- 

A timely bit of travesty with its 
settings probably inspired by the 
popular success "of "Captain Apple- 
jack." The act opens with a drop 
in one suggesting the reception room 
of a dwelling. The butler admits a 
young man who inquires for the 
daughter of the house. It appears 
she is too busy reading a thrilling 
novel to see him, but is prevailed 
upon to do 80. 

Short business of courtship, but 
young woman is too busy with her 
novel reading to pay attention. 
Young man suggests he knows 
wher# there is a pirate cave and in- 
vites her to visit it. 

Setting goes to full stage set as 
pirate cave with former butler as 
buccaneer. He does bass solo in 
excellent voice and the young couple 
appear. The rest of the action is 
made up of broad clowning by Miss 
St. Clair, who has a first rate styie 
of low comedy. She wears wide 
boots that flop around her ankles, 
tight velvet knickerbockers over 
^egs bare to the kn.ees, anQ her 
cute, plump figure and blonde pret- 
tlness contribute a good deal to the 
sightliness of the stage picture. 

The girl is a natural clown and 
her business of terror and im- 
pertinence toward the ferocious 
pirate makes good fun. There are 


Girl Act 

24 Mint.; One (2); Full Stage (22) 

58th St. 

A musical comedy tab with four 
printipal.s and four chorus girls. Of 
the principal.*? three are men The 
girl does little or nothing. The act 
IS principally a cross-fire talking 
turn between the two comedians. 
They are supposed to be of the 
light comedian type, but go in for 
dialect stuff from time to time. 
They suggest a team that has been 
doing a "Potash and Perlmutter" 
kind of act and can't forget it. 

The act opens in "one" with the 
two men dead broke and looking for 
a meal. Finding a purse containing 
a letter of introduction for the heir 
to a candy factory they decide one 
shall impersonate him. 

In full stage the office of the candy 
works is shown with the four chorus 
girls impersonating the typist, the 
telephone opert^tor, the filing clerk 
and the bookkeeper. One of the girls 
is a fair dancer, but that is about 
all that* can be said for the chorus. 
None can sing, and they just about 
manage to stall- through a tew steps 
here_^and there. The prima donna 
does a duet with one of the com- 
edians in fair manner. 

A small-time offering is the best 
that can be said. Fred, 

hitch them up. That nyirred his two "^^^^J^ mimbers involving all three 
solos, although if it were laughs he jnd the trio separately, the players 

wanted he got plenty. 

Being nameless, the girls can only 
be distinguished by the numbers 
they did. The ones handling the 
"Fickle Flo" and "Weep No More ' 
numbers deserve a professional o. o. 
The chicks are there. The two girls 
doing a piano and vocal routine 
stood out, particularly the miss in 
the black dress. Her voice shows 
signs of training. She did three 
numbers and wowed 'em. The Rose 
boys (piano act routine) clicked on 
all six, the Jolson Impression going 
over strongest. "Spanish Lou" also 
stood up. 

Richard W. Finch and Thomas S. 
Mnlie are credited for the special 
music, although most of it is pop 
stuff. The plugger did not over- 
look any/ possibilities, incidentally. 
Discounting its length, which would 
require drastic cutting, the revue as 
a vaudeville tab qualifies as a big 
threc-a-day flash turn, '^herc isn't 
much production, just some drapes 
and three or four cheap, though 
neat, costume changes. It it all 
talent, however. Abel. 

Song, Dance, Talk. 
15 Mine.; One. 
American Roof. 

Boy and girl combination. He 
enters chasing the last car and, 
on top of that, loses his last nickel. 
He is crouching hunting for it 
when the girl enters and mistakes 
him for a bench. She sits on him 
for some cross-talk, she soliloquiz- 
ing and he ditto, but really wise- 
cracking to her soliloquy. 

He solos with an eccentric dance, 
that being his forte. The woman 
handles t)ie singing primarily, doing 
an "Absent Minded' special number 
that could have been stronger. They 
finish double song and dance. 

The act is evidently specially 
written. It in a different routine 
from the one last seen a year or 
two back -carrying a special "Cuy- 
ler's Cafe" drop, the boy doing 
souse. The couple handle them- 
selves confidently. On No. 3 aL 
the American Roof they rllckeo 
■weet and pretty. Abel. 

Classical Dancing 
11 Mins.; Full Stage 
66th St. 

What at first appears to be a man 
and woman combination in dances 
develops at the finish to be a man 
and a female impersonator. The 
two open with a double that gets 
by, followed by a Spanish dance, 
well done by the Impersonator. The 
man then offers a bit of jazz step- 
ping well received, and then come.s 
the wallop. It's a "cooch," out and 
out. and would be great for the fair 
ground.s. The 58th Street audience 
littered all through it, but the sting 
Js taken away at the finish when 
the wig of the impersonator is re- 
moved. The laugh then makes it 
• fdir small big-time act. Frcih 

Comedy Talking and Singing 
17 Mins.; One 
5Sth St. 

Henry Frey, who for years has 
been doing a single, and Dorothy 
Rogers, the tall, good-looking red- 
head, who heretofore has usually 
appeared in comedy sketches, have 
formed a singing and talking <5ombi- 
nation for "one." Frey has retained 
a great deal of the sure-fire mate- 
rial from his single which goes over 
for laughs, while Miss Rogers proves 
an excellent foil. At present the act 
is a little lengthy, but with abouL 
two Or three minutes cut and more 
speed they should fill in nicely In 
the smaller big-time houses. 

The pair open with cross-fire re- 
garding the language of flowers, 
with Frey in a dinner jacket and 
Miss Rogers in an evening gown 
that Is rather stunning. Frey does 
a single number, after which she 
returns in street costume for more 
cross-fire stuff with a laugh at the 
finish. FYey does a couple of topical 
numberg, sure-fire, with bonus and 
other locals. Fre^^ 

having agreeable voices. At the 
finish it is disclosed that the cave 
and the b.utler pirate were all a 
plant to cure the girl of her passion 
for lurid' fiction. All neatly done 
without waste of time or effort, the 
whole affair being compactly framed 
for a trifle less than quarter of an 
hour. Rush. 



18 Mins.; Full Stage aiHl One 

Greeley Sq. 

This is an operatic singing turn, 
two women and three men, wiin 
Olga Boehm and Harold Maxwell 
featured. The numbers are backed 
up by scenic effects, the first hav- 
ing a set showing a sea coast. It is 
an ensemble with everybody on and 
harmonizing In operatic fashion. 
One of the men singles next, sing- 
ing in Italian. The rest of the 
singing wa.8 in English. Miss Roehm 
did Tosti's "Goodbye" and "Won- 
derful Eyes," the latter identified 
with Grace La Rue for some years. 
Mr. Maxwell doubled on one of the 
numbois wltl| Mi.«58 Boehm, the 
voice.i Mending nicely. 

The latter portion has the quintet 
.singipg lighter pop numbers. Cos- 
tume changes are made for each of 
the selections. The en.^emblc stuff 

Singing and Rope Spinning 
15 Mine.; Full Stage (Special) 
Greeley Sq. 

Two men and a woman. Act 
opens with trio harmonizing off 
stage. Song for opening with more 
harmony, and a bit of stepping by 
three next. All are clad in West- 
ern cowboy garb, and special set 
shows exterior of ranch cabin with 
glimpse of prairie. One of men is 
smooth faced. Other has mustache. 
Smooth faced chap is first class 
rope spinner, handling one, two and 
for a -feature stunt five, with all 
spinning together. There is an at- 
tachment to man's waist to which 
two of the ropes are secured for 
this trick. In an announcement ne 
said he was the only one to have 
ever succeeded in spinning moie 
than three ropes simultaneously. 

Mustached fellow shows excellent 
possibilities as a quiet type of 
comic, with comments during the 
act. He has no material to speA,.< 
of now, but with that remedied he 
can go along. Whip cracking by 
both men, cutting paper In half, etc. 
The two men are both six footers, 
and look the part of the cowboy 
types presented. Woman has lik- 
able voice, which although lacking 
training, ig musical. 

Act in a bit different from general 
rua of three acts, made so by com- 
bination of harmony and the rope 
stuff. It got over handily, closing a 
six-act show at the Greeley Sq. 



Music, Dancing 

14 Mins.; Full Stage 

Harlem O. H. 

A threeogirl musical act tnat 
might be developed into a clean- 
cut specialty is strangely sub- 
merged in an attempted vaudeville 
production of six people. The girl 
musicians play piano, violin and 
saxophone and make most agree- 
able music. 

Instead of making the appeal 
through the melody and the fresh 
looking musicians, they are subor- 
dinated to a team of man and wom- 
an dancers and a soprano soloist, 
neither of whom get anywhere, with 
the exception that the whirlwind 
dancing finish of tTVg' Stepping pair 
is an applause getter. The danc- 
ing woman is a good looking blonde 
of rather Junoesque figure. She 
wears a variety of exceedingly 
pretty costumes, but her dancing, 
except for the whirlwind steps 
mentioned, are not sprightly. 

The singing girl is rather color- 
less in her style, although her voice 
is agreeable. As she handles her 
numbers now she merely fades m 
and out of the picture "without im- 
pressing. Coaching Jn showman- 
ship might cure her expressionless 
style. The man of the dancing 
team is an excellent stepper. The 
whole thing seems to be rather a 
family affair. Nobody is featured 
and the combination is rather a 
jumble. The girl musicians as ]a- 
three-act would seem to give moat 
promise. Ruth, 


"Braxilian Nute" (Dialog). 
15 Mins.; One. 
American Roof. 

Harry Steppe and Harry O'Neal 
are from burlesque and, although 
this is probably just a summer flyer 
for vaudeville, they have framed 
their routine to conform with vaude- 
ville requisites. It's a two-man 
cross -talk routine, Steppe doing his 
familiar dialect and O'Neal feeding 
nobly. In fact, O'Neal's aggressive 
straight stand.s out to such extent 
it is by no meane subsidiary to the 
comedian's work. 

Steppe is waiting for his girl, 
Becky, to present her with a gift 
of Brazilian nuts. O'Neal has just 
dropped some jack on a nag, Becky, 
and starts berating the filly in.^ult- 
ingly. Steppe takes offense, and 
that starts things. The misunder- 
standing is not prolonged, the tcanf 
propelling their chatter forward 
with each point, touching on a num- 
ber of things. 

Steppe used to do crei)e Hebrew 
parts in burlesque. He is q ite 
dudish in street clothes now, ex- 
cepting for the dialect. The cross- 
fire is concise, snappy and clean, 
excepting possibly for one gag that 
the stags in the audience insisted 
on misconstruing. 

They scored the laugh hit of the 
evening. Abel. 

Songs and Monolog 
15 Mins.; One 
American Roof 

Harry White has a new routine, 
working in dude blackface. He 
opens behind a portable screen sing- 
ing an Irish ballad in a corking fal- 
setto that raises the suspicion there 
may be a woman back of the olio 
doubling for the vocal calisthenics. 
As tl^e song various ar- 
ticles of female unmentionables are 
renwved to suggest they are being 
donned one by one. The surprise is 
the blackface disclosure after the 
screen is removed. 

Mr. White next goes Into a five or 
six minute monolog harping on mar- 
riage, from which he derives his 
billing, the "Matrlmanlac." There 
are a number of funny points in the 
chatter, the monologist attacking 
the talk in a confident, breezy man- 
ner that is undeniable. He enun- 
ciates in excellent Boston grammar, 
eschewing dialect altogether. He 
topped it off with a "nut" "Straw- 
berries" number, the encore being a 
well written parody medley of Kip- 
ling. Service. Longfellow et al., 
vtr.'.ea describing the cafe that 
stands under the spreading chestnut 
tree and the financial damage en- 
tailed in ransoming a .*iquare meal. 

Mr. White's new routine is a 

is tuneful, and the soloists get 
pleasing effects. The turn shapes I strong frame-up for the .«»mall time 
as an acceptable one of its type for | worthy of a feature position, 
the pop houses. Bell. . Abvl 

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Piano Act 
12 Mins.; One 
American Roof. 

Two boys, seemingly rather 
young, with a mild piano act rou- 
tine. They impress as amateurs, or 
still In their professional novitiate, 
although the singer announces the 
"Baby Brother Blues" number as 
being made famous by them in Fred 
Stone's "Tip Top" show. If they 
have had production experience as 
soloists, outside of chorus work, 
they kept it a secret Monday night 
on the Roof. 

Their routine was labored and 
stilted, the pianist missing on cues 
and accompanying horribly. His 
vocalizing is flat. He should tickle 
the ivories solely and let the chap 
up front handle the pop singing. 

They labored so obviously that 
the audience responded extra^ char- 
itably. Their youthful, serious ap- 
pearance is their ass^t. With proper 
coaching they could really accom- 
plish something in the No. 2 posi- 
tion. As is, just small time. Abel. 


Club Juggling 

12 Mins.; Three (Special) 

23d St. 

Ethel and Ward Shattuck utilize a 
flower garden set as a means of lift- 
ing a regulation club juggling and 
hoop manipulating turn out of the 
ordinary run. The idea is a good 
one and features the act with a de- 
sirable touch of novelty. The double 
club exchanges are of the familiar 
type, well done and containing a bit 
of comedy with the hard throwing. 
Each uses thTee cluUft in the ex- 
changes. There is some talk in the 
turn, but neither handles it partic- 
Vlarly well. The talk itself amounts 
to little. The clubs used in the first 
part of the act are disguised as floral 
bouquets. Colored clubs are used 

Act makes good opener for pop 
houses, with possibilities for devel- 
oping talk that would give it better 
spot Bell. 

Singing and Dancing 
15 Mins.; Full Stage (Special) 
23d St. 

Man and woman In conventional 
singing and dancing turn, embel- 
lished with a beautiful drape set- 
ting, and assisted by a pianist. 
Both are young, with that in their 
favor. The dancing is of the aver- 
age sort with a forward kick of 
the man standing out. The woman 
dances neatly, but her songs call 
for vocal qualifications in advance 
of what .she Usual single 
and double routine, with pianlbt 
filling in for changes of coytume. 
Woman's wardrobe is classy. Man carries clothes effectively. 

A year or so of experience on the 
minor circuits is what the couple 
mo«t need to develop. Appearance 
and average merit of songs and 
dances will pass them readily in 
early spot in small timers. BtlL 

Songs and Talk 
18 Mins.; One 
Fifth Ave. 

Two bhys in blackface, apparently 
from burlesque. The opening con- 
sists of a dice number with lous- 
iness worked up In conjunction with 
It. The idea is not new but gives 
the turn a good sendofC in the com- 
edy division. The taller chap han- 
dles the bulk of the comedy with 
his partner acting as a feeder, at 
times not restricted entirely to the 
work of a straight man. The lat- 
ter furnishes a wench impersona- 
tion at the finish, doing a double 
dance with his partner. A nnmber 
Is worked in here and there mostly 
for comedy purposes with the turn 
in its general makeup Includincr 
several laughs. 

At the present time the act )« 
too long. Fifteen minutes would 
be sufficient and 12 enough for the 
majority of houses for which It it 
suited. JIart. 



Mins.; Full Stage 
Lincoln Sq. 

A couple of men offering an in- 
teresting routine of hand-to-hand 
balancing with some novelty stuff 
in the way of jaw holds. The act 
has the appearance of being a for«< 
eign combination. Their work is 
done with ease and manage^ to get 
something of a hand. Opening with 
the hand-to-hand work they held 
attention. Following with the jaw 
hold, the top mounter acting as the 
loft man and the understander do- 
ing a routine on a trapeze, closed 
the act nicely. 

It Is a small-time flash. 


Songs and Talk 
14 Mins.; One 

Man and woman team. Case, a 
knockabout comedian, was former- 
ly of the male team of Mallen and 
Case. His present young woman 
partner is used as a feeder, a large 
portion of the foutlne being given 
over to chatter. Case introduces 
falls at the star^, and whenever in 
need of a laugh docs a quick fl'P 
to the floor. He can always'pr«.«lii« c 
a laugh in this manner. As murh 
cannot be said of the talk. 

A Ihree-a-day comedy combina- 
tion not as yet ready for the next to 
closing spot on bills of thpt t^vJide. 




Friday, July 11 1S2« 


Songs and Piano . . ^ . 
IB Min. Off (Special Drop) 


Birdie Conrad was formerly 
teamed with her brother Eddie. 
Both deciding: to do new acts, she 
has taken aa a partner Jack Stern. 
Their vehicle consists of a series of 
numbers, including mostly restrict- 
ed ones. 

The introductory brings Miss 
Conrad forth in a white hoop crea- 
tion which shows her off to advan- 
tage, with Stern entering after the 
initial vocal work in a tuxedo with 
a lacy front and cuffs. He displays 
some semi-nut antics in conjunc- 
tion with his first number. Allow- 
ing for a costume change by his 
partner. Stern handles a song, aup- 
plying his own accompaniment at 
the piano. Miss Conrad returns for 
additional vocal work, with Stern 
given an additional opportunity 
with a comedy lyric at the piano. 
They finish with a double version of 
an old time number syncopated. 

The turn tuns along smoothly. 
Miss Conrad looks well and has the 
proper Idea of delivery. Stern man- 
ages acceptably with, the comedy 
and produces results with the 
piano-vocal work. 

The combination appears set for 
an early 8i)Ot in the bigger bills. 

^ Hart. 

Hand to Hand 
12 Mins.; Full Stege 
Greeley Sq.* and woman in hand to hand 
lifts, with turn securing noveiiy 
through woman acting as under- 
atandcr. All of the lifts are well 
done, with a lift from the fioor by 
the woman that stands out as a 
feature trick. 

The woman makes a costume 
change after opening from skirc vj 
black kniclcers. She could carry a 
black union suit to advantage, it 
would dress the turn better than 
the knickers. 

Man is a good athlete. The dark 
alecve garters worn should be abol- 
ished forthwith. If he must wear 
garters, white ones wouldn't stana 
out so prominently against a white 

The turn is above the average 
as a pop house opener or closer. 




18 Mins.; Full Stage (Special) 

Fifth Ave. 

A combination of six girls, each 
playing a musical instrument, wim 
vocal selections introduced at vari- 
ous points. One of the girls as an- 
nouncer introduces herself and each 
of the others. She starts the turn 
oflC vocally with the others furnish- 
ing the accompaniment on the 
piano, violin, harp, 'cello and trom- 
bone. The announcer later takes 
her place at the drums. The girls 
go in for strcUght pl^tying with spe- 
cialties offered , by the cornetist, 
harpist and violinist in conjunction 
with the vocal efiCorts. A special 
cyclorama sets the turn oflC well. 

As a musical aggregation this sex* 
tot has no outstanding feature. Its 
only chances are for three -a-day 
as at present routined. Hart, 


Talk and Songa 

13 Mins.; Full Stage 

Lincoln Sq. 

Two men and a girl offering a 
fairly amusing small-time skit with 
talk and songs. The laughs that 
there are in the act come from the 
double entendre handling of talk, 
with an automobile salesman on one 
hand explaining the merits of a 
car and the rejected suitor believing 
that a girl is being described. That 
l« great for the small time au- 

The girl and the comedian (the 
suitor) offer a double number early 
in tho act which revealed the fact 
that neither could sing. The straight 
man in a solo number just about 
managed to top their efforts. A 
wedding trio bit at the com- 
pleted the act to fair applause. 


Song and Danee. 
14 Mins.; One. 
American Roof. 

Mi.Hs I'erry v ork.s behind a min- 

l^<*wi)ii. doll.-. She asks one what 
U can do and, donning an abbre- 
Viatod costume, goe.s into a dance. 
Similarly .she alternates sotig and 
^.inro. the former to intioduc*' eaeh 
dance number, making bf^r changes 
'^♦'Jilnd the counter. Mi.s.^ Perry 
'lof'.^ fcur numbers in .i.s many 
f■h,^n^^^1^ ja:?z ."Stepping, hock danr- 
'ng and t(».» pirouetting. 

^he ro:^pened after Intermi.-.Mion. 
and was well received. Abel. 




iVarictv department of criti<^al reviews of the current phonoaraph reeorda) 


THE •'KNOCICER'*— Edward Clark 

(Character Monoleg) 

HOUSE — Same — Edison No. 

" Edward Clark, playwright, author 
and actor, is now also recording for 
the disks. He does two original 
character recitations. The "Work- 
house" monolog is a "kid" recitation 
about a g<md-for-nothing who plain- 
tively complains he wants to return 
to the workhouse, where they 
treated him well at least and not 
berated periodically by his step- 

In the "Knocker" recitation. Clark 
personates the title role, stating he 
is not knocking anybody, but his 
very insistence belles the statement. 
He then puts a friend of his. now a 
star on Broadway, "on the pan" and 
starts a string of "I can remember" 
back to the coffeo-and-cake days. 
It's a corking recitation. 

"blues." the llrst a long-winded 
plaint about "I Wonder Where She 
Went and When She's Coming Back 
Again Blues." The title tells the, 
story, although Bernard has long 
proved his ability to handle such 
type of blues. 

The other side Is a unique dog- 
gerel lyric by Mike Fitzpatrick. The 
value of this disk is a matter of in- 
dividual appeal. Some cannot "see 
it"; others like it. 

LOVE DREAMS (Waltz) — Lucas 

Novelty 4 
ANOTHER WALTZ— Terrace Waltz 
Orchostra— Pathe No. 20747 
"Love Dreams" last winter was 
the moat popular "request" waltz 
along the Main Alley cabarets. It I 
all- comes down to how a song is 
handled. Waltzes like "Three 
o'clock In tho Morning." "Moon 

SUN GOD (Fox Trot)— Uham Jones 


It's a far cry from Oriental music 
to negro "blue.s," but here they are 
both coupled together. "Sun Ood" 
(Norman -Weber) has a staid Chi- thenrie that is well suited for 
.saxo harmony work. The "High 
Brown Blues" (Ager-Yellen) is a 
lazy blues permitting the brasses 
and the reeds to alternate on the 
barbaric wails for some pretty ef- 
fects. For dancers who appreciate 
a 'kick" in their rhythm this is an 
excellent dance record. 

standard breakfast combination. 
This, of course, leads into tiio fa- 
miliar chatter about "if I had somt^ 
ham we'd have liam and eggs if i 
had some eggs." to which the 
Ethiopian vis-a-vis dialectically re- 
marks, "If It wasn't for daylight 
saving I could get you the eggs." 


Arthur Fields (Vocal) 

Hart and Elliott Shaw— Pathe 
No. 20743 

"Don't Feel Sorry for Me* should 

River' et al. have since surpassed i prove the biggest hit for Archie 

this and avalanched "Love Dreams" 
in popular favor, all because the lat- 
ter was not exploited as well as it 
might have been. It's of the dreamy, 
sustained order, similar to many 
others of its kind, permitting for a 
wealth of xylo and saxo cfYects. 

The reverse side is "Another 
Waltz" (Oliver-Hulten). quite pop- 
ular on the Pacific coast. It has an 
odd rhythm, smooth rather than 
tricky, that permits a "stop time" 
arr.lngement — rather unusual for a 
waltz. It's a corking dance disk if 
you still waltz once 'in a while. 


Isham Jones Orchestra 

— Brunswick No. 2274 

"Don't Bring Me Posies, It's 
Shoe-sies That I Need" sounds like 
a chorus girl's wail, although It is 
equally as effective for dance. There 
are a number of trick effects In It, 
the sax switching to the clarionet 
wailing for a spell, and then to pome 
wicked banjo picking that stands 
out. The brasses take up the mel- 
ody full blast for the conclusion, 
stamping It all told as a wicked tod- 
dle. "Some Sunny Day" is synco- 
pated in Irving Berlin's finished 
style, proving that "Swanee River" 
can still be depended upon as a 
chorus interpolation and sound all 
right, although done in dozens of 
songs before, probably by Berlin 
himself mainly as well as firstly. 
The Berlin firm has a winner in it 
for a summer song. Jones has made 
his bass sax solo the chorus, and 
then graduates It up the scale via 
the brasses to the three -part saxo 
harmony work. A piano roll solo 
precedes the getaway, all jazzing 
full blast. 

CALIFORNIA — Van and Shenck 

Columbia No. 3614 

Van and Schenck evidently claim 
•'California" and "Indiana" for their 
homes Judging from the numbers 
they have made for the July Colum- 
bia releases. Whichever the case 
they sound sincere about It. "Sweet 
Indiana Home" Is the lesser known 
of the two, although quite popular 
for dance. It Is by Walter Donald- 
son. Funny thing about that chap 
Donaldson. Publishers now clamor 
for his stuff and accord it all sorts 
of plugging campaigns on the 
strength of his past performances. 
After putting over five or six hits 
for Berlin, Inc.. In a couple of years 
he started free-lancing and repeated 
ditto with most of his product. 

Whatever it Is that a popular song 
needs to make it universally popular 
Donaldson has it. 


and Carl Fenton's Orchestra 
OLD DOG'S TAIL — Same — 
Brunswick No. 2264 
Al Bernard, assi.Mted by Cnrl Fen- 
ton's orche.Mtra. sings and plays two 


6 Mins.; One 
Lincoln Sq. 
A couple of dancin*' boys with 

Gottler. its compo.ser, since his 
"America. I Love You," his hit of 
several years ago. Since then 
Gottler has turned out dozens of 
songs, more or less unfamiliar to the 
poptilace. However, this is a lyric 
song, and incidentally a gem in lyric 
construction, which is only to be ex- 
pected from such hit-wordsmiths as 
Grant Clarke and Edgar Leslie. Ar- 
thur Fields injects a note of sin- 
cerity into the selection, including 
the special patter and accelerated 
chorus tempo, that distinguishes it 
as the best recording heard thus far. 
The "Wake Up"^ong is acceptably 
duetted in Hart and Shaw's usual 
finished style. 

Atlantic Dance Orchestra 
fSOME SUNNY DAY— Same— Edi- 
son No. 50973 

"Memories of You" was Bert 
Grant's plug number during his 
short stay in the publishing game 
for himself. When he decided to go 
hunting for big game in the Maine 
woods he turned over his catalog to 
someone else. He had a good piece 
of "mechanical" property in tho 
"Memories" song if he had persisted 
a little. The Edison people evi- 
dently recorded it before it even 
shfSwed up on the strength of the 
composition. It is a melodious fox, 
although on famtllar lines in con- 
struction, but since every company 
records one or two fox trot ballads 
monthly this might have made some 
money for the publisher- composer. 

"Some Sunny Day" (Berlin) is 
distinguished by "Carry Me Back to 
Old Virginny'' as an interpolated 
chorus, also uniquely done in "stop 

GEORGIA (Fox Trot)— CaH Fen- 
ton's Orchestra 

Brunswick No. 2259 

"Georgia" fts far aa Its popul.arity 
la concerned is already "made" in 
the east. The big organization be- 
hind it put the Walter Donaldson 
tune over for a hit practically over- 

The "Black-Eyed Blues" number 
has yet to show up In the east, how- 
ever, although It ia reported big 
around Chicago. It Is an indigo wail 
with a Spanish motif that allows 
for a nice effect in a piano and xylo 
passage in the mid-section in ad- 
dition to tho usual saxo stunts. 
Both sides are excellent for dance 
purposes. .^ 


Samuels (Violin) 

Vagrants — Edison No. 50900 

This is a novelty instrumental disk. 
" Johnson's Party" is merely a 
medley of jigs and reels played by 
Joseph Samuels, with Larry Briers 
at the piano. Samuels is well known 
as a disk recorder with his Music 
Masters. This solo attempt is an 
excellent display of his fiddling 
prowe.s.s. although musically it 
doesn't mean anything. 

The Throe Vagrants (accordion, 
clarionet and guitar) Inject a littlo 
rn<»re medley with the olh^r selec- 

TICKET— Al Bernard (Vocal) 

TEASIN' (Fox Trot)— Casino Dance 


Trot)— Levy's Trio— Pathe No. 

Levy's Trio Is a ntw recording 
combination, and probably ia the 
Jules Levy of the Roseland and 
Audubon orchestras. It's a cornet- 
banjo-piano combination, a novelty 
in itself because of the saxe's ab- 
sence. Levy's cornet carries the 
"Lovin* Arms" blues for the major 
portion of the recording, although 
the piano and banjo have a pro- 
longed duet of their own. The ag- 
gregation is adequate for blues 
work, although might not click so 
pretty with melody fox trots, where 
the dulcet reeds would be missed. 

"Teasin' " has a nice swing that 
makes for a catchy four-four dance, 
although its current release is some- 
what belated considering the other 
disks have had theirs out a month 
and two months ago. It la di«tin- 
guished by a "stop time" arrange- 
ment and a piano and brasses' duet. 


Billy Murray (Vocal) 
nard (Vocal)— Edison No. 50921 

This is one of the beat canned 
vaudeville divtks released In a long 
while. Italian and negro dialect 
numbers are backed up, Billy Mur- 
ray tenoring all about what hap- 
pened at "Spagoni's Wedding Jubi- 
lee" (Fred Fisher). There are quite 
a few laughs In the lyric with Its 
garbled Mulberry street patter. 

"Brother Low Down" (Briers-Ber- 
nard) is sung by Al Bernard, its 
co-author, "the boy from Dixie." 
That accounts best for the reason 
Bernard's "blues" compositions ai:e 
.so realistic in dialect and construc- 
tive according to other sons of Dixie. 
Bernard recites about a preacher, 
Low Down, in New Orleans who 
threatens to expose the racetrack 
hounds, "high yallers," crapshooters 
and other sinners if they don't drop 
their nickels where they should 
toward the support of the church. 

Trot) — Hazey Natzy Orchestra 

ON THE ALAMO— Lanin's Famous 
Player»— Gennett No. 4876 

There Is distinction in those dance 
compositions on the current Gennett 
releases in the matter of composi- 
tion and arrangement. Ted Snyder's 
"Sapphire Sea" is played with a re- 
served delicacy by Natzy's orchestra 
that is a relief from the usual jazz. 

"On the Alamo" (Isham Jones) Is 
also a soothing sort of number, 
dreamy and melodious, well ar- 
ranged by Sam Lanin for his Fa- 
mous Players bunch. 

rniitsn* Hiat ADwi^ara ID tC ^^- ""^ ' • « » »J A V?> 5»'i/l^— T.AlJ.'n* an J K i.* 

fla.^hy at tirst gl;in<-e. but it is thf 
niatiiM-r in whi-h the lioy.s put it on 
th;it counts. Th«'y nppear to be 
rath r too certain lliat they are good 
and thi.s d'^'iacts from their value. 

If inHt<^ad of their comiii«'te a.-*- 
.suranc ■ thf>y uer.t about ther woi U \ 
with ;• ni'>ro mod'pst mien it would 
nndofiht'Mry stand them to Ix-'ter 
a<lvaitt u;o. Th^y drvuri n'-utly and 
look fa.rly y;'rjd for III? .small t me. 


Ian (Vocal)— Edison No. 50992 
The -One- Way Ticket" song is the ' Bif'k to a Little One-1 
Town" idea, well done by Al Ber- 
nard, a.s.^istod hy a chorus of mixod 
voircH. It picture.M the usual liucolic 
roncejjtion of bJiH.s al»out rising at 
5 \. m.. '-tc . ih it is hard to !>elieve 
• di.spil** the .Mingfi'rt >*eeiniiig .iincer- 
ity. Th^otlu'r .^id*». however. 'Ham 
nnd KjdH" (W\k(^ Kitzpatnck) i •« i 
c!«'vi'r.Jync dia'.jg on the fther^-al 
happiness to b« ilerived from the 


Scanlan (Vocal) 
—Edison No. 50923 

Walter Scanlan, the Irish tenor, 
does two light ballads on the cur- 
rent Edison disks. The "MIU" num- 
ber (A. E. Adams) sounds like It was 
born in England and exploited here 
by Chappell or Harms. Scanlan 
vocalizes feelingly about his dream- 
ing in the mill by the sea that Is 
haunted by love, etc. 

The other side is a more sprightly 
composition written about a rather 
trite thome. although well developed. 
It's the "Come to Me, My Melan- 
choly Baby" idea, distinguished by 
its catch)c^ swing and sentimental 
expression by the singer. "Melan- 
choly Baby" (Ernie Burnett) would 
haviip a chance as a popular song if 
properly "plugged." 

KINDNESS— Elliott Shaw (Vocal) 
oent Trio— Pathe No. 20744 

"Kindness" (Nelson -Breuer) ia a 
sort of sermon song of the type that 
haa not been heard about for quite 
some time. Every once In a while a 
songsmith r.'ill think of transform- 
ing an adage or a commandment 
into a popular song, some of these 
enjoying quite a vogue, too, al- 
though "Kindness" is really a dis- 
course on what the word, if lived up 
to, can accomplish for the doer. 

The other number is an Irish 
number, composed, as all good Irish 
songs are. by a native aon <?) Ira 
Schuster. The Crescent Trio har- 
monizes to good purpose, fittingly 
accompanied by a harp. 

Billy Jones (Vocal) 

CRADLE — Vernon 
Edison No. 50985 

Now they've gone and ragged 
When You and I Were Youn^j. 
\ .MMMUf IM," «kin<oii0u tha clavur man- 
ner In whii'h the dirty work was 
accompHshcd must be accorded 
even grudging commendation and 
admiration to Jack Frost and Jim- 
my M'-Ilugh Billy Jones starts an- 
nouncing lie has been requested to 
Ming an old «f>ng and .s.ays he will 
ohiige if the chorus of mixed voiceH 
will join. 1 Iwy .sing the orthodox 
obligato while Jones carries the 
rat^. a Kern (»f com* <ly lyri."^ con- 
.Htructiun, all Joining for a straight 
chorus of "Maggie." 

The "Swane* Cradle" ( Young - 
S(iuiros) number is rendered with 
ingratiating sincerity by Vernon 
Dalhart, whose recordings always 
have a stamp of sincerity that doe.^i 
much to enhance the meaning of 
the lyrics. It is a Dixie song and. 
of course, the inevitable "Swanee 
River" is harmonized as an inter- 
lude by a mixed chorus. A tinkling 
harp accompaniment also adds to 
the disk. 



Vernon Dalhart (Vocal) 

I WONDER WHY—Same— Pathe 
No. 20753 

Two light ballads coupled on thia 
rathe disk. "Through All tho 
World" is the Clare Kummer song 
Sidney Blackmer sang in Miss Kum- 
mers 'Mountain Man" production 
last season. Charles Wagner, the 
producer, published the song, and 
the fact it was not given wide ex- 
ploitation probably retarded ita 
"mechanical" growth, although with 
every performance many of the 
play's onlookera have expressed 
themselves desirous of getting the 
Hong on the rolls and records. Dal- 
hart tenors the number with usual 
.sincerity and feeling, as he doea 
•1 Wonder Why." 


ISLE OF LOVE— Helen Clark and 
Joseph Phillips (Vocal) — Edison 
No. 50903 

The Harmony Pour (Mixed Quar- 
tet) must be hard up for numbers 
to pick on thia Harry Von Tilzer 
effusion of the crop of 1918 or there- 
abouts. It's about the tomboy wii<» 
has gone abroad to enlist In the Red 
Cross. That's a piece of royalty 
change Harry never expected. 

"Isle of Love" (Maud Murray) 
speaka for itself in title. Helen 
Clark (contralto) and Joseph Phil- 
lips (baritone) duet tho love song 
splendidly, getting considerable out 
of the lilting melody. If thia record 
will sell at all, "Isle of Love ' will 
do It. 


Golden and Hughee (Dialog) 
Meeker (Vocal)— Ediaon No. 
Here'a another old baby. Egbert 
Van Alstyne's "Raggity Man," the 
Edison people are marketing. Were 
it not for the current serial num- 
bers one would not bellere this la 
intended as a current release. How- 
ever. Edward Meeker makes It 
aound quite new with hla Individual 
delivery and crosstalk with a little 
girl whose doll he wants for Qid 

"Who Stole the Chickens r* la a 
rsorden- Hughes dialog (Rastus and 
Ham). One accuses the other of 
appropriating some poultry last 
Thursday and although he explain* 
ho was to a prize flght that even- 
ing to see two bantamweights con- 
test, the word "bantam" starts a 
new tirade of accusdtlons. There 
are a lot of neat points in the rou- 
tine, sounding fresh and original, 
something new for disk dlaloga, 
which are more or less familiar. If 
Golden and Hughes write their stuff 
as well as spiel It they ought to find 
a market for some of it among pro- 
fessionals. Abel. 

The Thousand Islanda (St. Law- 
rence River) arc having a larger 
number of ahow people than usual 
visiting there this summer with the 
Alexandria Bay hotels favored. Th 
Islands lack a flrst class hotel, al 
though the New York Central has' 
often threatened to build one since 
Emory's fine Frontenac on Fron* 
tenac Island burned. While the 
Islands aro on the border of Canada, 
the river people are asking mure for 
liquor than it may be bought for in 
New York. At the Thousand Island 
House, Alexandria Bay, Jack Hoff- 
man and Lillian Hosklna are danc- 


The Forty Eighth Street Co., 
building thd large hotel at 43d street 
and Eighth avenue, denied that Im- 
mediate plans called for the razing 
of the /andis Court apartments on 
43d street and Ufllnit that site for 
an addition to the hotel. The hotel 
will be called the Clamnn, and ia 
designed for bachelors. It was re- 
ported the apartment house would 
come down in the fall. 

Scibilia & Brooks are suing 
Emiiio Dellrio and Kob^-rto Me- 
diano for $1,000 each in two indi- 
vidual actions, alleging breach of 
rontract. The plaintiffs claim a 
contract a.s exclUHlve managern to 
eontlnijo for a year at tho Club 

Maurice. TVja iAnm \m nfkor oa. 

pearing at the Tent, where they 
wore flcrvt'd. i 

The Playhouse, l^altimore, which 
has played every Imaginable policy 
for the last ton years or so, having 
pi'iyed an an all Negro houAe two 
Hoasons ago. and for a week or two 
In.^t season as an American wheel 
stand, is to bo reconstructed Into 
, bowling «illey and billiard parlor. 



Friday. July 14, 1022 - 


After Bevcn or e-ght er.prosslnp 
•refcks in ihe ihroo; of wril.n^', cast- 
ing and pioducinR a Winter Garden 
revuo a night at the Talac**, with 
•verything" shipshape, ready-to- 
«njoy and all set up, is mo5=t refresh- 
ing. What a wonderful game ihj« 
vaudeville iH! The performers bring 
it In all ccmpiete except the ap- 
plause, and all the management has 
to Bui>ply is the programa, the cute 
ushers and the theatre. 

Ktiil In the spirit of a "picker" who 
for weeks has said yes and no to 
almost every known name in the 
show business, one act (besides Van 
and Schenk, of course) rj>es up 
strong; for the "yes" column — Mae 
West. How the Fhow-makcrs have 
let that blonde baby get away from 
them so long — in fact, why anyone 
ha« let her squander seasons as a 
shimmy dancer — is Inexplicable. 
The girl has all the comedienne tal- 
ents of Ethel Levey and somewhat 
of her personality. 

Assisted, rather than accompanied, 
by Harry Kichman, a pleasant young 
fellow with looks and a knack for 
inaJcing a Stelnway look like a hand- 
prop rather than a production. 
Miss West goaled the Palace gather- 
ing with a succession of cunning, 
breezy and bull's-eye skits in slight- 
ly charactered costume, thought It 
works as a gown act rather than 
•ccentric. As a laogrh vamp she was 
delicious; as a French prima donna 
she was immense; in a serio-comic 
melodrama bit, introducing various 
types of women parting from their 
lovers, she was alarmingly legitimate 
and aatoundingly satiric. 

Neville Fleeson is credited with 
'wrltlDif the act If he wrote it ail 
the boy wrote something:, and had 
h« scoured the world he would 
scarcely have equaled the perform- 
ance Miss West contributes to it. 
She warmed up the houFe, held It, 
tied up the show and made a grace- 
ful little speech. Where has she 
been so long if she has possessed for 
any length of time what she re- 
vealed at the Palace? 

Lou Telle^n had the biggest type 
in the time-card. Publicity rather 
than his "Blind Touth" seems to 
have made his a premier atraction. 
Surely his trifling one-acter, a very 
shabby fragment of his road-show 
failure of the same title, cannot 
command vaudeville prominence. It 
Is meaningless, witless and point- 
less, crassly "continentar' in its raw 
melodrama, and replete with words 
and phrases strictly forbidden to less 
favored performers In the lily-white 
avenues of the two-a-day. But the 
women applauded, and In intermis- 
sion were heard to go Into ecstasies. 
Tellegen is, after his crude fashion 
of Parisian second-class dramatic 
hokum, an effe^ive actor. But he 
buries what he can do well in what 
he writes so badly. As Sar.ih Bern- 
hardt's support he had^classical ma- 
terial, he spoke In a foreign lan- 
guage and he was subdued by the 
greatest light that ever shone upon 
a sta^e. Now, supported in turn by 
three milk-and-water troupers, in 
piffle of his own author-ship. he has 
only his physical beauty and his 
newspaper fame to lean upon. He 
got plenty of applause. 

Dave Harris worked the house for 
all it would give, but it must be 
irranted there is considerable talent 
a« well as showmanship in his 
single, plus the seven syncopa- 
tors. Harris is a bit of a faker as a 
musician, but he is rather a sales- 
man than an artist, and as such 
measures up to the requirements of 
the better vaudeville theatres. He 
"went" well enough. So did Arnaut 
Brothers, who have added a new eye 
and a drop to picture their "loving 
birds." They work it all better than 
ever before, have an effective new 
entrance, and make altogether a 
sweet turn. 

Ivan Bankoff, always the same 
Bankie. has to step these nights to 
keep his name in capital letters with 
his little pupil, Beth Cannon. A 
prettier little dan.«»euse of pro- 
nounced genius at toe-work and 
delicate pantomime would be hard 
to name. She is fragile and youth- 
ful, yet markedly effective, I fcir be- 
yond her feminine charms. Cliff 


Tuesday night was like a late 
spring evening •at the Island, but 
George Robin.son h Brighton theatre 
held virtual capacity. That may te 
credited to tlie Pat Ro<^rty and 
Marion B» nt revue. ' Rin^fs of 
Smoke." The whole cred:t must go 
to the Rooney-Bvnt tombjnaiion. 

'tine, even to a lay audienca. When 
Darcey first came from the west he 
looked very big as a singer especial- 
ly, but he has picked out a pop 
selection of numbers that doesti't 
show him oft as well as when he 
cluing more to ballads. While im- 
proving on his talk with better 
gags, the talk Is stiil secondary. 
Maybe Darcey is holding over his 
La^t sea*ohs turn. That may be 

of the theatre, for there wa.«» noth 
ing else on the bill to ^raw :n th 

other than the standard popularity ... ^ , .u*-^ s- -^ ^^^^^^'^u,, 

•^ •^ ' pos.sib3e. and there is no reason why 

should waste a new turn in vir- 

nc:ghbcrhood and the wvather ^^^^ l^'^L^'^^Jl?!,^' ii"I ?i'^.v"^f^iini??^ 
not propitious for transients, ^-th P^J /^t!t^ .^J^- .^^^^^^^^^^ 

Tue.da>- an off night at the tKach ' '^^f^ V?t^iJ^n^r^inJ >f^S> ^hni 
in anv *iv«-nt ; siop E:dd;ele-onardmg himself while 

in any CMni. « on the stage, and go through an 

Th.s hummer and the beach. The ^c: in any position in a manner that 
open air men have been walloped ^^j g^^ t^n, more than his now 
hard and often all over so far. but l^pjvarent appeals for bows, bends 
there are more of thrm at the Island < 5^^,^ applau**? As a blacliface sing- 
and the rents are higher. Most <f jjrg comedian. IXuvev should be able 
the concessionaires are operating jo work into a production, but he 
under postponed rentals. They take j ^ju j^^ve to make the production 
postponements two weeks at a time ^ people believe it. 

and live in hopes, as do their land- 

The Brighton has had a brealJT 
through Mr. Robinson having derel- 

The Rooney-Bent production Is 
carrying Ted and Katheryn An- 
drews, featured, with Billie Rains- 
ford. Anita Nietro. Colleen Bawn. 

oped a cute habit cf foreguarding | Maude Drury and a Jasz band. The 
against a bad June by theatre i>ar- 1 chicken of the troupe Ih Marion 

ties. These special rate bunches 
that fill the house With money and 
enthusiasm were regular nightly 
through June. With July, though. 
that is declared off, but Mr. Rob- 
inson's alertness for the slow start 
of the season mu.«t have kept the 
Brighton from dropping back around 
tlS.(H)0 In the bank balance. The 
Brighton doesn't cheat any week, 
and when it's running wrong down 
there the house can go wrong for 
a lot of money weekly, if not pro- 
tected. Thusly — parties. 

Even With the high-salaried Roo- 
ney turn this week, that occupied 
the entire second part other than 
Davis and Pelle. clcsing. the Brigh- 
ton put on a bill that sent the first 
part through with a rush, barring 
Joe Darcey's inclination to jockey 
for encores in the No. 2 spot. 

Jack Norton and Co.. No. 3, In a 
comedy skit, and Yorke and King, 
No. 4, In a comedy turn, gave the 
opening half a double-barreled 
laugh, while M. Galden's "A Night 
in Spain," closing before intermis- 
sion, made a fast, sightly number, 

Mr. Norton was formerly of Sanlly 
and Norton. His present act is a 
comedy, "Recuperation, ' written by 
Hugh Herbert. It's a to«s-up as 
to the best— Herberts written out 
idea that permits of the humor or 
Norton's comedy that makes the 
laughs. Anyway, it s there; one of 
the safest comedy acts now in 
vaudeville. It's of a physical wreck 
on a health farm. Norton is the 
blustering wreck. He can't fool 
his trainer (played except ion.Tlly 
well by Morton J. Stevens), but 
when the patient sees a country girl 
carr>'ing a wash basket along the 
road in the nicely set rural scene, 
he wants to swagger. Telling the 
girl how physically able he Is, Nor- 
ton strikes his chest a resounding 
whack, and slowly crumples up on 
the floor in one of the prettiest 
comedy falls ever made on the 
stage. Norton's falls arc gems, anc 
compel laughter. There have been 
none Just like them. The trainer 
says, "Old boy, you're all right," 
giving him a loving slap on the 
back, and over Norton goes again. 
The house screamed. Any house 
will. The turn has been playing 
out of fown, opening last winter.. 
It's all set now for the best, vaude- 
ville or a production, for this skit, 
as it Is now played, could walk 
right into the centre of a Broadway 
revue. The young w^oman in it, 
billed as Corinne North, is said to 
have been one of the Four Haley 
Sisters. She looks well, but is new 
to the turn. 

Following a big laugh act like 
that, Yorke and King started it all 
over from their opening pose as the 
old tintype, used In their billing. 
This couple are unique In a unique 
turn. Intermingled in the talk ^e 
some old boy g.igs among new and 
one rewritten barroom story (the 
-•'dyed'! one), but their methods. 
Ideas and gestures. Including a little 
slapstick In one of the best encore 
finishes .vaudeville has seen, made 
them a f'otous smash in the spot. 

Bent. Marion is marvelous in her 
sylpblikeness. She weighs less now 
and looks better, on and off. than at 
any time since. 8ime. 


Adams at the piano makes a mm- J There is no choice between Chick 

plete trio of trained, accomplished. 
:.♦ admirable artists, and the turn Is a 
perfect 15 minutes. 

Van and Schcnck, next to closing, 
the perennial and the delectable, got 
a heart-warming acclaim and went 
In and earned it—all over again. 
These lads neve^ miss. It must be 
In their souls — they change -songs, 
0tyle, tactics, spots — It's always the 
same. They Just added another bead 
of triumph to the long rosary of 
their vaudeville career. 

Joe Browning, with some new ma- 
terial, quite the smartest and snap- 
piest the undersigned hasiever en- 
joyecf from the scarlet lipw of this 
*^^'dlfferent" Jester, carried himself to 
as many encores as he thought nec- 
essary. Browning' has so far im- 
proved In the last several seasons 
that those who found him less than 
amusing years ago, when he was too 

Yorke and Rose King. A more per- 
fectly matched comedy couple does 
not exist. 

Golden, previously a producer of 
Russian groups, has now gone to 
the Spanl-sh thing. The line of dis- 
tinction is thin between the two, 
marked mostly by the Spanish cos- 
tuming In this instance. That 
permits a blend Golden has taken 
advantage of, presenting a swift 
dancing-singing sight act with n4ne 
people In 14 minutes, keeping them 
moving, sticking in a couple of bits 
of new staging and making this 
"Night in Spain' stand up as one of 
the best Spanish numbers coming 
In. Golden is a smart vaudeville 
producer In his class. 

Tie demons Belling act opened, 
an jRnimal turn of variety, using 
thi4e people, is away from the 
usual in its work of all kinds. The 

Labor Day can't come any too t&at 
here if this week's handout is "sum- 
mer vaudeville." In many pleasant 
visits to this house the undersigned 
egg has never seen a less important 
show than the one that closed Tues- 
day evening's program. 

Josephine and Henniner. artists of 
the "class" type, who need nouriah- 
iniT surroundings on the best bills 
and who get by there with consider- 
able mild and negligible singrlng only 
because they are pretty dancers, 
proved all out of the picture here. 
Miss Josephine was inaudible all the 
- time, the lighting may have been 
subtle but proved ineffective and 
the dancing was welcome but not 
powerful enough to pti|l up a turn 
that had sagged through many min- 
utes of songs that couldn't be heard, 
e:;pre88ions that couldn't be seen, 
verses that might as well have been 
left In the book of "Mary's Pet 
Poems." This turir never was and 
never will be for anything but the 
most appreciative of ultra houses — 
on the big small-time ^^'asted, an In- 
justice to the artists and the pa- 

Jean Granese, who seems to be at 
the Broadway every time this re- 
viewer is, corked In the hit of the 
bill next to closing. The man now 
sings more than he did last season, 
which is well for the turn, and the 
pianist has cut down his clowning to 
the plant portion, which is even 
more so. Bob Anderson, with a 
pretty horse that did juvenile tricks, 
closed, growing monotonous after 
one minute of having the horse 
count with the scrape of his hoof. 
The act lacks variety. Anderson's 
smile and appearance and the beau- 
ty of the little animal alone make It 
an approach to value. 

Innis Brothers, with a new man 
enacting the straight (or semi- 
straight), picked up practically the 
old routine of this veteran turn 
where it was l^ft when a tragedy 
took away one of the brothers. To 
one who has never seen the original 
combination this team will do nicely, 
and at that It is palatable to anyone. 
The comedy Is of the "old school" 
type, with the familiar hoke talk 
about the hole In the doughnut, etc., 
and the amusing dancing. If the 
turn will take one criticism. It might 
consider less obvious returns for en- 
cores, as It would appear advisable 
for them to stay on* at least once 
more rather than push the audience 
to demand ,two encores. It went 
well, however. 

Kitty Francis and Co.. a surpris- 
ingly populous turn, was one. of 
those mysteries. It mystified as to 
what it was all about, what it was 
all for, how it ever got there and 
where it was trying to get to. 
Twelve people, most of them mean- 
ing less than nothing, with Miss 
Francis trying to be screaming In 
entirely unfunny material, kept the 
audience guessing and waiting for 
the punch. It didn't seem possible 
so many people and so much scenefy 
could be assembled in a pop house 
unless something wero coming. 
Nothing came. MisS' Francis tried 
bowing it into a hit, but couldn't. She 
should do a double at best, and then 
bring it right down to the footlights, 
in which event she may qualify for 
an early spot on split-time bills. 

Autumn Three, good whistlers and 
Imitators of birds, animals and 
things, started off well enough and 
were liked. Margie jCc^te. a large 
blonde singer of ballads and novelty 
numbers, got loud applause without 
revealing anything very surprising. 
Business was fair to middling. 


than the colorful, not to say gaudy, 
settings and costumes of the Brown 
affair. The vehicle Is somewhat 
changed. Now the whole thing Is a 
pantomine story, done with Oriental 
settings that really catch the eye, 
and a considerable display of girls 
in the last degree of undress. The 
girls are nice looking and their cos- 
tumes are all to the Zlegfeld, but It 
does seem tliey might do some dan- 
cing instead^f Just tl^ listless pos- 
ing, framed this way, presumably^ 
so that Bothwell Brown's own pan- 
tomimic dance later in the turn will 
stand out. It has a certain amount 
of picturesqueness that holds atten- 
tion in any spot on a popular bill. 

The only other two items that 
commanded attention was the 
laughing riot of Lew Hilton and the 
mu.«ical travesty "Tillle' by Nola 
St, Claire and Co. (New Acts). 
Hilton is an ideal low comedian for 
popular audiences, but he sadly 
needs material. He Is a dialect 
funster with a method all his own, 
and the best proof of his entertain- 
ment value Is that he got over at 
the State with the dreary assort- 
ment of threadbare stuff he offered. 
The finish is the worst of the rou- 
tine, Hilton holding the stage three 
or four minutes with a sort of 
hashed-recitation such as "You're a 
better man than I am; even as you 
a«d I," and so forth Infinitum. This 
solo trash was jused to cover up a 
change by Harry Toung Into-Scotch 
kilties for a mediocre Impersona- 
tioi) of Harry Lauder singing "She 
Is My" Once was enough, 
but after Young's stuttering, imita- 
tion Hilton In comedy trappings had 
to do It all over acaln in burlesque. 
That sort of stuff >-ould have killed 
any comedian who did not have an 
absolute comic gift. 

FVaxer and Bunce did an amusing 
18 minutes of cross talk and num- 
bers to a fine percentage of laughs. 
They have developed a funny Idea 
in their Identical dressing, based 
on their similarity of appearance, 
which gives them a good opening 
in tangled talk and keeps them go- 
ing nicely with snch exchanges of 
quips as "My wife says even she 
can hardly tell us apart." "Huh, 
she doesn't even try," etc. Their 
numbers have the flavor of special 
stuff. Their double, with one sihg- 
Ing "The End of a Perfect Day* 
and the other harmonizing with a 
rag melody, was a distinct novelty. 
The pair have a workmanlike two- 
iQan specialty, and go about It in a 
hardworking style that brings them 
in winners. 

Dailey Bros, are hand-to-hand 
lacrobats who talk as they work. 
They deliver a familiar routine of 
feats with the springboard in fair 
style and are Immaculate In appear- 
ance, with dark mohair trousers and 
trim silk shirts, but their talk Is of 
the acrobatic school. 

Hazel Crosby does a straight sing- 
ing act with a young man accom- 
panist at the piano. She has a 
soprano voice, at times striking with 
a clear top note, and her selection 
Is acceptable, but her style of act 
differs nof one detail from that of a 
hundred others that It passes quiet- 
ly. Her black Jet dress may have 
looked all right from the distant 
places of the State, but down front 
it looked crushed and limp and 
messy. There is something the 
matter with her makeup, too. There 
ought to be possibilities In a girl 
with as pleasing a voice as hers, but 
she has nothing now to. back It up 
with by way of a vehicle. Rush. 

evening occurred with Val and ErnM 
Stanton next to closing. The boyi 
kidded their way Into a hit and land- 
ed sodidly. Mulroy and McNeece, ^ 
mixed team on the rollers, topped 
the show off flashily. JIart. 

58TH ST. 

A fast moving little show of six 
acts, a Pat he News and "Nanook 
of the North" drew about a three- 
quarter house Monday night. Th« 
audience was of the type ready to 
fall Jor all of the "old stuff" and 
permitted a great part of the fly 
material to get past them. At that 
it was Joe Towle who walked away 
with the hit honors, next to closing, 
Towle has the manner of working to 
an audience of the type the &Sth 
Street caters to that is sure to land 
them. His comedy, a little rough 
at times. Is broad enough to get 
them right where they live. Joe 
got them right at his opening and 
then kidded theiji Into liking every- 
thing. At the finish they were ask- 
Ing for more. 

Downey and Claridge opened the 
bill with singing, bike stuff and 
skating. The man does much of 
.Joe Jackson's stuff arm lands it in 
great shape. His tramp panto is 
the only reason for the act. although 
there Is a novelty opening. The 
girl appeared in a hoop skirt cos- 
tume, which at the end of the first 
verse and chorus is left in the cen- 
ter of the stage, the girl stepping 
out in knickers. Later when the 
skirt Is 'Valsed' to the borders, th« 
tranrip is disclosed under it. 

The Worth-Wayden Four, on sec- 
ond, got away nicely with a little 
routine of harmony and some com- 
edy. Frey and Rogers (New Acts) 
filled the next spot nicely. It is 
a clever little talking offering. 

"Stolen Lweels" (New Acts), a girl 
turn, was very much to the small 
time, with the two leading charac- 
ters getting tangled in their dialects 
from time to time. After that Towel 
cleaned up. 

Jean and White (New Acts) closed 
the bill. Fred. 




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caused the principals to take sev 

Four acts out of eight at the Fifth 
Ave. carried the comedy end of the 
bill. The show was run in such a 
manner that the comedy was well 
separated, with each comedy turn 
following Immediately after one of 
a quieter nature. Monday evening 
business was fair. When capacity 
does not prevail at the Fifth Ave. 
it can be declared only fair, as the 
house has been packing them In 
nightly for ages. 

Nestor and Vincent, man and 
woman Juggling team, opened the 
show. The young woman capably 
handles the chin work, with her 
partner furnishing the comedy por- 
tion of the turn. He also puts over 
one or two 'dp-top Juggling feats. 
The turn proved sufficiently snappy 
for the Introductory position and 
started the show off speedily. F:thel 
Hopkins, No. 2, offere<l three num- 
bers, all rather highbrow for the 
Fifth Ave. The audience apparently 
enjoyed the change from the general 
run of published numbers and fa- 
vored the young woman with ac- 
ceptable returns at the finish. Miss 
Hopkins is rather concerty for 
vaudeville, but possesses sufficient 
vocal power to hold the attention of 
the average audience. 

O'Nell and Flippen (New Acts) 
brought forth some laughs No. 3, 
making way for Henry's Melody 
Sextet (New Acts) an all -girl com- 
bination, which passed lightly. Will 
Mahoney, following, gathered In the 
first real laughs of the evening, 
Mahoney kept moving at a fast gait 

«»« i • lr\ 

The eight-act bill at the City 
played to fair attendance Tuesday 
evening. Ifusines^ has been woe- 
fully off at this downtown house and 
the number present Tuesday was 
above expectations, considering the 
first half bill failed to carry any- 
thing In drawing pbwer. The pic- 
ture end had only an ordinary 
western production of no reputation 
other than the nanie of its star. 

Featured in the lights were ths 
Crescent Comedy Four and Birdie 
Conrad ana Jack Stern (New Acts). 
The male quartet with the former 
Avon Comedy Four vehicle, "The 
New Teacher," failed to hit the mark. 
As a comedy offering it missed by a 
wide margin. The boya did better 
with the vocal work. The .time 
worn comedy passed without a rip- 
ple and there was little reason for 
giving the turn preference in ths 
lights over some of the other acts. 
Given the first chance for comedy, 
placed No. 3, the Cresents took one 
uncalled for encore and then exited. 
The Conrad and Stern combination 
followed, displaying something along 
entertaini: ^ lines and aroused the 
interest of a somewhat quiet audi- 

Gerard and Per^z, a two -man 
balancing team, opened the vaude- 
ville section at 8.05. A five-minute 
routine suflSced to gain returns, with 
Jason and Harrigan taking up the 
running No. 2. The sister team 
had little difficulty with their rou- 
tine of pop ballads and harmony 
numbers. The team Is one of the 
standard sister combinations of the 
local houses. They could have got- 
ten away with a later position on 
the City bill, but were needed in 
the early spot to separate male 

Murray and Irwin, a male team In 
Eaton Jackets, appeared No. 5. The 
turn was placed too late. No, 2 
would have been the proper spot, 
according to the strength di.spl.Tyod. 
The double dance at the finish had 
a certahi appeal, with a bit of the 
whistling also gaining attention. 
Holmes and Well presented a nov- 
elty singing vehicle No. 6. Miss 
Wells capably handles her "Coun- 
try Girl,' "Brid^ ' and "Vampire" 
numbers?, with the turn topped off 
with a double. The male pianist Is 
a real asset and equally deserving 
with the two principals billing. The 
trio secured the proper response, 
with Case and Mayne (New Acts) 
given the next to closing assign- 

One of the features occurs with 
Don Valario and Co., a wire walking 
trip, including two girls and a man. 
With a routine developed at the 
utmost speed the turn proved cno of 
the best beta of the bill. JIart. 


with this commentator henceforth, 

for Joe Is "in" with a wallop. 

Paul Nolan, the Swede-dialect 
, juggler, with a nifty little girl, held 
the deuce up and made it look like a j 
picture card. Tan Ark Is was as- 
signed to open; not caught, Bessyc 
Clifford held the house In sol|d, 
probably on past performances, 
which won her the favor of the cus- 
tomers all around the map. and rho 
never lost a man during her n'-tl-'ti''. 
Drettv offerlnar. ' v / '^ ' 

eral bows. Belling has a card in 
that dog tail's hoop. It's a peach, 
no matter how executed. Probably 
no opening act at the Brighton has 
ever rcr ived more in the way of 
appreciation or applause. 

i<o. 2 held Darcey, who mentioned 
he "was on early," but negl^ted to 
add he was remaining very late. 

three each on the six-act bill with 
one exception, the flash turn of 
Hothwell Brown and Co., who closed, 
I'erhaps this spotting was good 
judgment, for the female imperson- 
ator had been preceded by I^ew Hil- 
ton and Harry Young, who were the 
cqmedy riot. 

Obviously, no low comedy turn, 
even of the broadest kind, could well 
have followed Hilton's Hebrew dia- 

Dnrrey dragged his turn with the j 

•inprln'? encores, until a plant In the Meet hokum, no better item could 

'^ ' ' ' - r'i>>"e(i it was his rou-'have been selected to hold 'em In 



Adolphus and Co. furnished a 
diversified -dance vehicle No. 6. In 
Grace Eastman the turn has a cap- 
able danseuse. The young woman 
easily takes lirst honors with her ef- 
forts, Anna Velde displays ability 
in the acrobatic division, with 
Eunice IMosser aiding with violin 
work. Adolphus get.s in his best 
work with the Russian stop-*, the 
turn moving at a good clip from 
start to finish. 

The second comedy punch of the 


A fairly- .satisfactory bill, defcg.Uv« 
r»»i» iiw r^innti-xirrw i»urf»<t»'C"^ IH tPir. t 
its comedy values were light, but 
saved by two elements, one an esiu - 
dally strong feature In O. P. H.? 
whose monolog occupied 20 minutes 
nnd left him with sufllclent leeway 
for a group of bows and an rnrore 
speech; the other a clean-cut lot of 
special people who stuck to thtir 
particular line of work and .n voided 
all dl.scursivene.«?s. Also an item in 
the show'.M favor was that it w.ts 
rich In speedy dancing, colorful t^ash 
stage pictures and music. 

Six acts of vaudeville; a fe;.:ure, 

•Domestic Relations," with Kath- 
arine MucUonald in thia caao; a 
two-reel comedy, news reel and 
toDlcal for the acale of 40 cents 
Hownstaira doesn't leave much room 
for discussion a« to quality, anyway, 
ind the show is the bargain of the 
city That's why it Is nearly always 
capacity before 8 o'clock. 

John S. Blondy no longer works 
with his brother, having substituted 
• "Co" of one good-looking Ama- 
ioniaii blonde and a small top- 
mounter for the hand-to-hand and 
two high feats. The men work 
imoothly and with fln« acrobatic 
-tvle. although they do little away 
from the familiar design, but the act 
la neatly costumed, with two changes 
for the girl, who does a couple of 
indifferent dances and the boys 
working in Tuxedos. 

flaney and Morgan, No. 2, are the 
average man and woman song-and- 
dance act. They handle their num- 
bers in monotonous manner, but this 
is their worst fault. They have a 
••cold' opening, singing a "school- 
days" song in expressionless style, 
the girl doing an accompaniment 
eaually flat on the violin and the 
man strumming a \ikulele. Once the 
opening is over they come emphat- 
ically to life, the girl scoring with a 
standard composition on the violin, 
playing with real feeling, and com- 
mand that come as a surprise after 
her introductory bow-sawing. Man 
does a fair solo dance while girl 
changes to semi-Apache for ballad, 
the man joining later, also in Apache 
get-up. They got away to thunder- 
ous applause with an acrobatic 
dance arrangement based on the 
waltz-clog routine. It's a pity they 
cannot get hold of a lively opening. 
The present frame-up works agaifist 
them and t^ets up an obstacle they 
have to overcome. The fact that 
they made good against it argues for 
their worth. 

It's the other way 'round with 
Hamilton and Barnes. They have a 
dandy opening for the flirtation bit, 
an excellent bit of wiso cracking. 
The talk is fast give and take of 
ultra wise repartee, some of it 
hokum, some of it nov<?1. but all 
amusingly delivered in suave, non- 
chalant manner. 

Lindley's Serenaders. three girl 
musicians, man and woman dancers, 
and a girl singer (New Acts) were 
next, leaving D. D. H.? aext to clos- 
ing. The high score of this monolo- 
gist at the Opera house, where they 
go in more for broad comedy than 
for philosophical wit of his grade, is 
a final test of his attainment of 
classification as a standard number. 
He has played the Palace and the 
Intermediate houses and left behind 
him a record of consistent perform- 
ance. Now he cleans up at the 12[»th 
street establishment and can call it 
a day. 

RulofP. the Russian dancer, has 
discarded his backing of dancing 
girls and his former girl partner is 
replaced by a newcomer, a rather 
chunky pony-sized toe dancer, who 
goes in more for formal legmanla 
and leaping Into arm holds by Ru- 
loff. She is billed as Miss Elton. 
They have a pretty opening, sway- 
ing on at the extreme back of the 
stage behind a transparent drop to 
the soothing strains of "The Spring 
Song." The drop rises and they 
come forward Into the full stage for 
the girl's leaps to her partner's 
shoulder. While they change the 
orchestra they carry does a violin 
•olo from the trench, followed by 
Miss Elton's toe dance. Ruloflf does 
his sensational Russian steps first 
alone and. after a costume change 
by the girl while the orchestra lead- 
€r obliges again, makes a double 
whirlwind finish of the wild gypsy 
dance at which he excels. The turn 
Is prettily dressed, both as to cos- 
tuming, which has that quiet har- 
mony which is the mark of good 
taste, and In their stage settings, 
which are adequate and appropriate 
without being flashy. Rush, 


Too much singing overbalanced 
the first half show at Loew's Gree- 
ley Square, two of the six acts run- 
ning entirely to vocalizing and an- 
other splitting 50-50 between har- 
monizing and rope spinning. The 
lay-out could have stood more com- 
edy. The spotlight worked over- 
time. Fair business Tuesday night. 

Armstrong and NevUle (New 
Acts) got off at a good tempo, with 
hand-balancing. Flo Ring did well 
with a singing turn second, featured 
with some pretty costume changes. 
These are made In view of the au- 
dience, the drop parting In the mid- 
dle and forming an alcove. This 
improvised dressing room has a dull 
lighting arrangement. As long as 
Miss Ring is making her changes 
In view of the house it would ap- 
pear logical to have all lights up. 
The songs were nicely varied, run- 
ning to ballads, pop and production 
stuff. A plant was used for the 
finale, singing from one of the bal- 
cony boxes. Frank .song plugging, 
but they liked it. 

Tuck and Claire, a pair of talking 
acrolwts with one of the men a re- 
markable contortionist, roused the with unusual ground tum- 
J>»'n>?. With their acrobatics and 
til" ''<»ntortionlHf.s facility for 
"»;? himself into knots, securing 
coinody results that count, the tiam 
^an m>i by in any company. It does 
«''ni too bad though for a pair of 
•ronu.sing tumbh'r.s and liender.s to 
jH.Id thfm.sclvos bark with the com- 
monpiu-o talk they are u.sing for 
comedy purposes. The .ability In 
"»erM wi(h l)oth; all they need is a 
prouucor and author, either or both. 

to set thorn right When properly 
vehicled, if they must talk, they 11 
advance with a rush. 

"Songs and Scenes'* (New Acts) 
next, with Lewis and Rogers, a two- 
man wop combination with likeable 
sidewalk patter, next to closing. 
The team do an Irish reel for the 
finish. It made a good contrast for 
the wop characters and returned 
'em for a flock of bends. Wyoming 
Trio (New Acts) closed. The fea- 
ture picture was "Spanish Jade." 


23rd STREET 

The 23rd St., in common with 
other Proctor pop houses around 
New York, has cut its bi-weekly 
bills to five acts: The first half 
show was a strictly small-time ar- 
rangement, but nicely balanced in 
the picture end by a Chaplin re- 
issue, "A Dogs Life." and "Do- 
mestic Relations," a Katherlne Mc- 
Donald feature. 

Monday night was cool and pleas- 
ant — just the sort of unusual July 
weather that should help a neigh- 
boriK)od house. But it didn't. Busi- 
ness was about three-fifths capacity. 

The Shattucks (New Acts) opened 
with club juggling and hoop manip- 
ulation. Al Carp was second with 
fiddling. Carp pJays his violin on 
his knee, 'cello fashion mostly. He 
gets a vibrant tame' out of the in- 
strument, handling rag and operatic 
stuff bn an eq\jal basis. The turn 
went very well. , 

Jack Collins ahdCo. in a musical 
Hk4t. -Dear Doctor." filled the- third 
hole acceptably. The act is one of 
those small-time tabs, that has 
frankly been pointed to suit the pop 
house clientele, tt sTUceeeds. 

Murray Voelk. fourth, made- 'em 
yell With the pants-falling comedy 
of the singing comedian, and en- 
tertained with some excellent single 
and double vocalizing. The act went 
the full distance. Mavon and Ladd 
(New Act) clpsed. Bell. 

with a combination of hand to hand 
balancing and jaw hold stunts 

David Powell, in the Paramount 
feature. "The Spanish Jade," waa 
the feature picture offering. 

Business rather good for the final 
show Tuesday night. I'Ved. 



A, well balanced show, assisted by 
the "Bronx'FoIlieK," a local attrac- 
tion made of amat#ur talent, drew 
half a house at the Franklin Mon- 
day night. AT K.' Hall and Co., No. 
3. stopped the show, getting laughs 
with his comedy . patter, al^ with 
his comedy Bowery dance. 

Gladys and Venus opened the 
show, giving it a slow start. The 
contortionist is doing ao iron-Jaw 
contortion stunt. Lew Wilson fol- 
lowed and pleased with his comedy 
songs and patter. Maud Garl. 
fourth, received ai-.^lau^e with her 
songs. Morton and Russell, closing 
the bill, scored in their comedy turn.. 
Morton's dance and comedy got 
many laughs. 

The "Bronx Follies." starring 
Frank McConville, a young amateur, 
and assisted by 14 girls, eight of 
the girls in the chorus and the 
others handling special songs or 
dances. The girls were selected 
from photographs. McConville was 
the hit. Though lacking in voice, 
this amateur will make many a pro- 
fessional take notice when doing his 
dances. The girls looked neat In 
their costumes, though not the most 
beautiful girls in the Bronx, as 
billed. ^ 

The chorus made four changes. 
Each Improved them. Also the girls 
who handled twp special numbers 
showed pep the second time, after 
having been backward upon their 
initial appearance. The ensemble 
finale sent the turn away very well. 

The "Bronx Follies" was put on a 
business-getter through securing its 
amateur talent from the section. A 
similar turn the first half went on 
at the Regent in Harlem, also a 
Moss house. Just what it meant 
in a box offlce way couldn't be de- 
termined Monday evening at the 
Franklin, although it was an ideal 
theatre night for the summertime. 

James Fotheringham, manager of 
the Franklin, Is figuring to produce 
an old-fashioned minstrel show dur- 
ing the summer, employing local 
talent only. 

/J »'.'../ 



The one good feature of the 
Lincoln Square g/how the first half 
was that there was less than an 
hour of it. The five, acts consumed 
exactly 61 minutes. That was 
enough, for the stage offered much 
less entertainment than did the 
screen, and the picture was far 
from being an unusual one. 

Lewis and Brown (New Acts), a 
couple of hoofing boys, opened to 
fair returns on their, eccentric step- 
ping, after which Coiinne Arbuckle 
proved to be the one bright spot 
of the vaudeville, with 8ong.s. This 
girl opened with a hand spot and 
put over a good little number, after 
which her Broadway count t;v girl 
bit got by nicely,, and she followed 
with a number in Indian costume, 
which gave her. an opportunity to 
(ll.splay so: e of her figure. An Irish 
number at the sent her away 
to the greatest applagse of the 
night. -- ^ 

Schaoffer. Weymer and Carr (New 
Aets). a .singing and talking skit 
with two men and a girl was rather 
a weak offering and Armstrong 
and Jame.s. following that trio, had 
to work mighty hard at their op»'n- 
ing to get attention. The burl«>.s«4ue 
fi'male imper.'^onatlon at the linish 
of the blackface act. however, man- 
aged to get to th4» West; .v'Wior.^ to 
the extent that they laughed. 
The Aronly Brothers (.sew Acts) 
i, ^j^Ui^ /bi>() ^ 


Whoever thought of the "Harlem 
Follies" idea pulled a winner for 
the house. Tuesday night standing 
room was at a premium to the ex- 
tent the overflow almost marred part 
of the entertainment for the seated 
patrons in the last rows. One would 
not think an audience of young folks, 
particularly from a nice neighbor- 
hood, could be so disorderly. It 
reached the stage where someone of 
the house staff other than the female 
ushers had to come, inside and in- 
sist on silence. Monday night's 
business was reported S. R. O., the 
draw being the amateur revue 
staged by a couple of Harlem na- 
tives and a song plugger. The act 
contains 14 young folks, average age 
about 18, there for a week's stay 
without pay. 

Since most are home glrla or 
otherwise employed, the show is 
only put on -nights, although the 
members themselves are Insisting 
the management permit them to ap- 
pear Saturday and Sunday after- 
noon as w^U. 

The sho^ itself held five regular 
acts and a five-reel feature film plus 
a Chaplin reissue. The Patricks 
opened with their risley routine, the 
woman doing understander through- 
out; The man (topmounter) Is now 
clad in pink tights. A week ago at 
a local Proctor house he sported 
street clothes. The change looks 
more business-like. Being a sight 
turn it interested visually. Naturally 
every talking turn could not be as 
fully appreciated as it deserved, be- 
cause of noise in the rear sections. 
If this Is a regular thing there it is 
suggested that Tom Gorman, super- 
vising manager of this and a num- 
ber of other Harlem, Bronx and 
Washington Heights houses, had bet- 
ter install some of the efficient prac- 
tices through which he accomplished 
so much at the Jefferson downtown 
(where he was formerly). The Jeff, 
drawing a motley ghetto crowd, was 
notorious for some of its yegg pa- 
trons, but that is a thing of the past 

Bobby Folsom, a female pinging 
single, was the first to suffer through 
lack of attention. She was well re- 
ceived by the up-front customers 
but could not be heard beyond the 
three-quarter mark. A neighboring 
patron remarked, "She must be 
good, they're applauding for mure." 

Anderson and Graves' novel prop, 
a cross-section of a suspended diri- 
gible, quieted them for a spell and 
interested because of the novelty. 
A couple are living up In the air, the 
inflated mammoth cigar being di- 
vided Into a •three-room suite. With 
such strong prop to base a corking 
comedy skit on, it's a p4ty that a 
number of opportunities were neg* 
lected. The cross talk is snappy as 
far as it goes but lacks ginger. 
There's no doubt some vaudeville 
author had a finger in the pie some- 
wheres, only it seems that somebody 
really capable could have taken this 
small big-time skit and developed it 
Into an important comedy wow. 

B. C. Hilllam followed with a 
planolog, assisted by Jim KIl pat rick 
on some of the vocalizing. Hilllam 
has a polite piano routine in which 
incidental patter is by no means a 
negligible feature, and he was prob- 
ably the worst ailected because of 
the rear restlessness. A good deal 
of the vocalizing Is in a fast lyric 
tempo, much of this being indistin- 
guishable for the same reason. 

He has cleverly arranged Rach- 
maninoff's Prelude with comedy 
lyrics, which Kilpatrlck sang as 
"WhatvWas the -Matter with Rach- 
manlri^ff When He Wrote His Pre- 
lude." Hilllam also got some meas- 
ure of comedy by announcing his 
partner as "my son," "my cousin," 
"my brother-in-law,** etc., at differ- 
ent periods. 

Stan Stanley preceded 'the ama- 
teur act and scored the comedy hit 
of the evening. Instead of the 
straight doing a mind reader he now 
announces himself a prohibition 
agent, at which Stanley guiltily at- 
tempts to leave the>iouse. The rest 
of the routine Is on familiar lines, 
including the dollar-a-kiss bit, etc. 

"Harlem Follies" took up the next 
35 minutes. Abel. 

(Continued from pa^e 7) 

George U. West, superintendent of 
the Law and Order League, charging 
that baseball pools and lotteries 
were operating In Troy on an ex- 
tensive scale. It is claimed that 
many of the girls employed in local 
collar shops and other factories 
have been among the most consis- 
tent patrons of the "high run" 

by the Knickerbocker A. C. at Chad- 
wick Park, Albany. N. Y., Monday 
night. In the main bout of 12 rounds 
Tommy Robson of Maiden, Mass., 
had no trouble gaining the Judges' 
decision over George Shade of Cali- 
fornia, lacing the lad from the Pa- 
i fie coast to a fare-thee-well and 
badly marking him up. Ollie Stacy, 
manager of the Majestic theatre. Is 
the promoter and Dan E. McMahon 
is the matchmaker. Claude Tibbitts 

To get Johnny Buff to risk his *^^*'^7J^''!,V^ **i? *:*"**• ^" ^ar- 
bantamweight title in the ring at roll of the Times-Union Is handling 

A IS-year lease on a site adjoin- 
ing the Gaiety, Utlca, N. Y., owned 
by Wilmer f- Vincent has been se- 
cured by the Arm. The addition may 
be used a^ an entrance and lobby 
for the Gaiety. 

Gene Howard (Gene and Willie 
Howard) sailed Saturday for the 
other side. The Howards will re- 
appear In the fall at the ht-ad of a 
Shubcrt musical production. 

Raleigh Dent, man.iqcr of llu- 
Lyceum. Memphis, with his wife, i.s 
in Alaj^ka on a vacation. 

Harry SHafter herani'' a.^sori.ited 
with the Sam Fallow otf'K e thi.'^ 

the Velodrome Monday night with 
Joe Lynch, Eddie Mead, the jirest 
aider's manager^ had to consent to 
Buff being guaranteed $30,000 for 
his end of the purse. Buff was en- 
titled to take a percentage, but It 
Is said he chose the guarantee. Ad- 
mission was 17.70 top and ranged 
to $1 for the top rows above the 
saucer track. It was figured 20,000 
fans attended but the total gate 
was only $41,699.30. The boxers re- 
ceived 50 per cent, of the takings, 
and Lynch therefore had to pay 
Buff $9,150 to make up the guaran- 
tee. He will quickly miake that up 
in earnings with the title in his 

It was worth double that to lose 
the title from Buff's angle. He was 
terribly battered around the mouth 
and nose by the incessant left jab- 
bing of Lynch. He lost a number 
of teeth — actually punched out of 
his gums — and his lips were badly 
split. Doc Bagely, one of his sec- 
onds, leaped to attendance every 
time the Jersey boy returned to his 
corner and his practiced assistance 
was about all that kept the minia- 
ture Buff going until flattened in 
the 14th round. It was Bagely who 
went through the ropes and ended 
the flght. 

the publicity for the Stacy enter- 

William B. Masterson. known as 
Bat Masterson, sporting writer, 
former sheriff of Dodge City, Kan., 
frontiersman and one of the editors 
of "The Morning Telegraph." left a 
net estate of $15,762.96 when he 
died Oct. 25, 1921, as disclosed in 
the Surrogate's Court through the 
flling of an appraisal of his prop- 
erty. Under his will this passes 
over to his widow, Emma W. Mas- 
terson of 300 West 49th street, she 
being also the executrix. The gross 
value of the estate left by Mr. Mas- 
terson amounted to $17^237.51, and 
this consisted of Liberty bonds, 
$16,782; gold chain, $15; another 
gold chain, $7.50; a 14-karat gold 
watch, $50; and 18-karat gold 
watch, $50; a gold deputy marshal 
shield, $50, and dividends from his 
bonds, $283.01. Two thousand 
shares of the Northern Texas Oil 
Company, found in his possession, 
were classed as of no value. 

One of Broadway's biggest show- 
men waa In Boston recently for a 
number of weeks. The Boston 
Braves (National League) had just 
arrived back In town and they 
looked so good to the manager he 
remarked If he got five to one he'd 
bet they would win the next three 
games. As the club had two games 
with the Giants and the St. Louis 
team was next In line, that sort of 
bet looked like easy money. A bus- 
iness man whom the manager has 
known a long time, asked him to 
repeat the remark. The showman 
replied If he got 10 to one he'd bet 
$500. The business man said he 
heard him the first time and the bet 
at five to one was made. The Braves 
won six straight, their best record 
this season (the team is flirting 
with last place). However, the man- 
ager just didn't "have the heart" 
to take the other fellow's money and 
he did not. He felt more tickled at 
picking a live one than the actual 
money involved meant to him. 

Al Rogers is back in the orfice of 
Arthur llorwiir.. 

While the sporting writers of the 
dallies in New York are spending 
their time trying to solve the prob- 
al>le trade of the temperamental 
Yankee stars, perhaps the greatest 
attention should be given the plans 
now under way to give I'rovidcncr. 
It. r, ch.ampJonKhip American 
LeagUf game.s vvtTy Sunday n^xt 
.M<-ason. The manayemeot (»f the 
It'jston Ited Sox 1m .striving to put 
through the right to play Prov- 
idf-nru every SuniJay. not with ex- 
hlMtion Kamt»s. but srhefiuled cham- 
pir)nshlp contc.'^t.s. iN'o doubt the 
Uravcs would follow » uit if the Red 
.Sox munaK«'nierit is MurroM.«ful. If 
th«» IIo.stfJ4i» t«;ims pain this bij,' 
liranriul help, I'hilad/lphia will l»" 
the onij- ejub in eithe • lea»jue to b;* 
withotjt Sunday opp* j-tunltles. 

More than if.riOO fi^h fans attend- 

Jim Thorpe Is going like a houae 
afire in the Eastern League. The 
famous Indian athlete is hitting at a 
.400 clip and providing the pwn^ 
that keeps Hartford on it* sensa- 
tl jnal spurt for the pennant. Thorpe 
is supposed to be weak on curve 
balls, but the pitchers do not seem 
to have his number In that respect 
to date. He clouted out two homers 
in one game last week. Despite his 
age, he can still get down to first 
base In fast time and can cover 
ground In the outfleld. Jim la prov- 
ing to be a good drawing card *In 
the Eastern circuit. 

Declaring he Is tired of stage work 
and exhibitions. Jack Dempsey, the 
heavyweight champion, arrived at 
Saranac Lake Monday to do some 
light training. The champion has 
signed to fight Harry Wills, with 
no date set. Dempsey waa accom- 
panied by Jack Renault, heavy- 
weight champion of Canada, who was 
in the champion's training camp at 
Atlantic City for the Carpentler 
fight, and Joe the Greek. Jack saya 
he Is the best rubber ever. Demu- 
sey U at the Onondaga Inn. It« 
owner is John F. Murphy. 


Another International swindle waa 
pulled off in Buffalo within the past 
month, when three confidence men 
took over $30,000 from Albert J. 
McBrlde, Austsalian millionaire, on 
a fake horse-race scheme. McBrlde, 
traveling with his wife and family, 
met the men on an ocean liner 
coming to this country. A phoney 
l.'.y-out was planted here for gath- 
ering advance reports from the 
tracks. This Is the second time 
a scheme of the kind has been 
staged In Buffalo, the last one three 
years ago Involving over $100,000 
with theatrical men mentioned. 

Carol Shilling, irtar jockey, was 
arrested during a 'street braig^ in 
Saratoga Springs. When take^ to 
police headquarters Shilling was 
found to be suffering from sealp 
lacerations which required the serv- 
ices of a physician to close. The 
oflflcer making the arrest did not ap- 
pear In court to press the charge 
and It was dismissed. Thomas Mc- 
Donald, horse trainer, arrested at 
the same time as Shilling, charged 
with fighting In the streeU, pleaded 
guilty and paid a fine of $10. 

The Ming Toy Boot Shop. Inc., 
owned by Abe At tell and E. M. 
Tausend, had an involuntary peti- 
tion in bankruptcy filed against it 
last week. Benjamin Lesser has 
been appointed receiver under $2,000 
bond. Liabilities are alleged to be 
$20:000, assets $5,000. The Wera 
Realty Corp. Is one of the creditors, 
asking $1,033 for rental due. 

•'Mister Man," a new play by 
Marlon DeForcst, critic of the I^f- 
falo "Express" and author of "Llttlo 
Women" and "Erstwhile Susan," 
will bo given Its first performance 
On any stage by the Bonstelle stock 
next week in Buffalo. 

e<l the opening outdco. show staged J yally possessing whlsl^y. 

What is believed to have been the 
rst prohibition raid as the result of 
a protest by petition occurred Mon- 
day, when Henry J. Waldbillig. chief 
< the federal prohibition enforce- 
ment office In Albany. N. Y., led a 
squad of dry sleuths to the Alioe 
hotels at Sprakcrs, a short distanco 
from Amsterdam, confiscated 
and arrested Ernest Bundy, tho al- 
leged proprietor. The petition, 
.signed by more than 150 residents 
of Sprakcrs and more than two feet 
lotig, was sent to the New York cn- 
ff»r<'»ment office. It waa referred to 
tho Albany office and* the raid fol- 
lowed. Bundy will be arraigned be- 
fore U. S. Commissioner Palmer in 
.Schenectady on a charge oC iile- 



Friday, Ju'y 14, 13:.^, 


for tb« wc«k wltb Monday matlt ••. wh«D 

Bot otbonrlM 

(All houM« opon 
Indicated ) 

Tbo bllla bolow aro vroupcd In dlvtalona. according to booking offi::** suppllad 

from. '■^r -"•• ;-—-:-"—-■- ..--v::: • _. 

Tbo mann«: ta wblcb tbeao bill* aro printed doaa aot donoU tha ralatlva 
Importanco of acta nor their program poattlona. 

• bafora nam* denote* act la doing new turn, or reappearing aftar abaanoa 
from vaudevlila. or appearing In city wber* listed for th* first tlma. 



Keith's I'alace 

Tan Huven 
4 Bards 

Van St Schenck 
"Dress Rehearsal" 
Slargo Waldron Co 
Jack Wilson 
*lrene Franklin 
fisrman Timberg 

Kdth'a RiTcrside 

Konroa A Grant 
*aienn Anders Co 
0«o I<elflalr« Co 
L>cster Alien 
••Little Cottage" 
plane & Rubini 
*Grace Hayes 
Sfaude Earl Co 

Leona Hail's Rev 
D D H'? 
(Others to fill) 

2d half (20-23) 
Poley & LaTour 
Mel Klee 
(Others to flll) 
Proctor's Mtb St. 

Portia Sis 

•Bond Wilson Co 

(OthArs to nil) 

2d half 
*Jean Morgan 
Cunningham A B 
(Others to flll) 

Proctar'a Fifth At«. 

2d half (13-1«) 
Three Kirkiilos 
W Sweatman Ca 





Voaa* Braadway 

Bobby Folaom 
Cahill A Romaine 
Stan Stanley Co 
Sob Hall 
(Others to flll) 

Masa' CallaeiiBi 

X>€w Wilson 
Anderson A Graves 
(Others to flll) 

2d half 
Andersen A Pony 
Miller Girls 

Torke A King 
W Manthey Girls 

Keitfi's Fordham 

Autumn Trio 
Bmith A Strong 
Torke A King 
Oler'a Musical 10 
Anderson A Pony 

2d half 
A K Hall Co . 

Anderson A Tvel 
(Two to nil) 

Maaa' FraakUn 
Bowers Walt'r A C 
Maade Dctty Co 
Sliding B Wataan 
Thornton A Squires 
Pbll Baker 
Ballyhoo Trio 
2d half 

Blgelow A Clinton 
Swift A Kelly 
*Gua Goldstein 
(Two to flll) 

Keith's Hamilton 
r«ddy A L«ddy 
Jack Little 
J R Johnmon 

(Two to flll) 
2d half 

Neil McKinley 
"Dr#«s Rehearsal" 
Lockett A Ryan 
Van Hoven 
J Class Manning A C 

1st half. (17-19) 

Fisher A Hurst 
Innis Bros 
Max Ford Rev 
Moody A 4^>uncan 
(Two to flll) 

2d half (20-«3) 
Pierce A Ryan 
J R Johnson Co 
(Others to flll) 

Procter's tSd St. 

2d half (13-1«) 
Bally Hoo Trio 
Gene Morgan 
Zuhn A Dreia 
(Others to flll) 

1st half (17-19) 

Haney A Morgan 
'Baron Arsenion 
Hehry's Melody 
(Two to fll» 

2d half (20-22) 
Wyeth A Wynn 
Pepper Box Rev 
(Others to nil) 



Fannie Brlca 


Sully A Hoaghton 

Bailey A Cowan 

Ivan Bankoff Co 

Warren A O'brlen 

(Two to flll) 



2d half 
Diaz Sis A Powers 

King A Irwin 
Popper Box Rev 
(One to flll) 


Yoiing's Pier 


The LeOrohs 
I.eavitt A I^ckw'd 
Robbfns Family 
Will Mahoney 
Lionel Atwill 
Allcen Stanley 
Lockett A Linn 


Demarest A Col'tte 
MerofT A Iback 
Franklyn Charles 
Qulzey 4 , 

JAN Olms 
LaPalerlca 3 
EllKabeth Murray 


B. F.' Keith's 

J S Blondy A Bro 
Bspe A Dutton 
Hugh llATbert Co 
BUs Btice Co 
Zuhn A Dries 
Creole Fash Plate 
Morris A Campbef. 
Rubini Sis 


105th St. 

Garclnneti Bros 
Lexcy A O'Connor 


Foley A La Tour 
Glenn Andrews Co 
Pierce A Ryan 
Arnold A Weston 
Nat Nazarro Co 

1st half (17-19) 
Morley Sis 
Wm Seabury Co 
Welch A Norton 
(Others to fill) 

2d half (20-2S) 
Dixie Hamilton 
Sherman A O'R'rke 
Henry's Melody t 
(Others to flll) 



2d half (13-lC) 
P Dasul Circus 
Kthel Hopkins 
►■"Are You Mar'd?" 
Morris A Shaw 
Cansino Bros Co 
Royal Venetian S 
Will Mahoney 
Morin Sisters 

1st half (17-19) 
Foley A La Tour 

Burt A Rosedale 
Henry's Melody f 
(Others to flll) 

2d half (20-23) 
Inez Hanley 
Welch A Norton 
Wm Seabury Co 


B A Rolfe ReT 
Homer Romaine 
Young A Wheeler 
(Two to flll) 
2d half 
Frank Work Co 
Betty Washlngtoa 
(Three to flll) 



Frank Work Co 
McNally A Ashland 
Lilletta Co 
Bobby Randall 
Gene Barnes Co 

2d half 
Les Valedons 
Barrett A Farnum 

"Oh You Sheik" 
The Lamya 



(WIlkes-B-re apllt) 

1st half 
Wilson A Kappell 
Caloa A Mathewa 
J Amoros Co 
Eddie Ross 
7 Military Girla 



"Autumn 3 " 
Fid Gordon 
Jean Sothern 
Hawthorne A Cook 
Q Delmar Girla 

Sd half 
The Heynoffs 
McNally A Ashland 
Fox A Britt 
D Duggan Co 
Billy Miller Co 



T^s Veledons 

Dorothy Waited* 

Apple Blos'm Time 


•Oh You Sheik" 

2d half 
"Autumn 3" 
Fid Gordon 
LeMaire A W'm's'n 
Rooaway 4 
Jean Sothern 



(Scranton spilt) 
1st half 
Orvllle Stamm 

Stephens A B'rd'ux 
Harry Burns oo 
"Cell Matse " 



Jane A Miller 
Betty Washington 
Billy Miller Co 
Foa A Britt 
The Lamys 

2d half 
ifbmer Romaine 
Riley Feney A R 
Hawthorne A Cook 
O Delmar Boys 
Apple Blos'm Time 

Steppe A O'Neill 

Helen Miller 

C W Johnson Ca 

Foley A Spartan 
Morton A Brown 
Kennedy A Davis 
Julia Curtis 
Kranz A White 
Black A White 

Sisters Jord^ 
Fraaer A Bunco 
Dublin Trio 
(One to flll) 
^ 2d half 

Don Valerlo Co 
Flo Ring 
H B Toomer CO 
Jack Strouse . 
Tuck A Clara 

Leo Zarreil Duo 


Day and Nialit Herviec— Tel. Bryant >557 




Petty Reat A Bro 
0'Conn«ll A Lewis 
Newell A Most 
Wells Virginia A "W 
Naynon's Birds 

I Gordon's Olyaapla 

(Scollay 8q.) 

E. HEMMENDINGER, Inc. » May Miner c. 

' Margaret Ford 


9S West 4«th Street New York 

Telephone Bryant 1543 



I Wilson Girls 
Bowers Walt'r A C 
Morton A Uusseii 
O'Neill A Flippen 
(One to flll) 

Kritli's Jefferson 

•Bradbury A Scully 
M Montf^omery 
Abbott A White 
Swift A Kelly 
Morton A Russell 
Anderson A Yvel 

2d half 
Toney George Co 
FIfer Bros A Sis 
Haney A Morgan 
Lew Wilson 
Oler's Musical 10 
Ballyhoo Trio 

Mosa' Regent 

Diaz Sis A Powers 
Miller Girls 
Al K Hall Co 
•Gus Goldstein 
O'Neill A Fllppen 
Toney George Co 

2d halt 
•Bradbury A Sc'liy 
M Montgomery 
•O A A Parado 
<Thrce to flll) 

Keith's 81st St. 

Tuscano Bros 

Phil Baker 
(Others to flll) 


Keith's Bufihwiek 

Cartwell A Harris 
The Comebacks 
Al Shayne 

Josephine A Hcn'ng 
Gilfoyne A Lang 
Frank Gaby 
Thornton A Flynn 

Keith's Orphennn 

Bob A Tip 
Laughlin A West 
Moore A Jayne 
Mae West 
*Ma7.arro Buck 
Johnny Burke 
Ted Lewis Band 
Walsh A Edwards 

Keith's Prospect 

2d half (13-16) 
The Patricks 
Sliding B Watson 
Leavltt A Lockw'd 
Adolphls Co • 
Green A Myra 
(One to flll) 

1st half (17-19) 
Castleton A Mack 

Diamond A Bren'n I *Virginia Mllleman 




I I ? 

Faber A McGowan 
Nelson A Barrys 
Vernon Stiles 
M A A Clarke 
Morke Japs 


Wright A Dietrich 
Louise A Mitchell 
Venita Gould 
Moran A Mack 
Anna Viv